Eucharistia (eu-cha-ris’-ti-a): Giving thanks for a benefit received, sometimes adding one’s inability to repay.

Pence: Thank you so much for saving us all from the virus.

President: Well, a lot of people died and I did fail to get the ball rolling soon enough on containment measures, and I did fail to to provide accurate information, and I acted like a high school bully trying to name the virus after China, and I . . .

Pence: Enough said glorious leader! It’s hard to keep kissing your ass when you talk like that. Maybe you’ll have better luck with the next catastrophe that strikes the US, like your reelection. Ha ha! That’s a joke sir. Sir?

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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