Voguish Vocabulary: Quagmire

quagmire: 1) A boggy, marshy area that cannot support foot traffic. 2) A situation from which extrication is difficult. The OED finds the earliest example of the second sense in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 work The Rivals: "I have followed Cupid's Jack-a-lantern, and find myself in a quagmire ... Continue reading