“This is a tectonic shift in New England politics.”
So says Rep. Joe Courtney of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s decision to not run for a fifth term. Joe Courtney is generally a plain-spoken man, so his use of the word tectonic threw me. Because I didn’t know what it meant. (Though it sounds huge, doesn’t it?) So I went to dictionary.com.
1. of or pertaining to building or construction; constructive; architectural.
b. referring to the forces or conditions within the earth that cause movements of the crust.
c. designating the results of such movements: tectonic valleys.
I’m guessing “2-b” as the definition of tectonic as used by Rep. Courtney.
I felt the crust move. Didn’t you?