This morning, I woke up with the term “muddle” bouncing around in my head. I applied that term recently to describe Extension’s longstanding practice of working through problems over time rather than applying solutions too quickly — an organizational trait I consider to be one of our strongest, albeit with some reservations.
I’ve been a little uneasy about that choice of words ever since.
Anyway, I looked up the word in the online dictionary and my worst fears were confirmed. Among other things, muddle means “to cause to become mentally confused.”
Yes, I admit it: I overstated my case.
Improvise may be a better verb for the argument I’m trying to make.
So consider this post an improvised change of heart.