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- n. A story told in folklore to warn its hearer of a certain danger.
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“By law,” according to one caustic observer, my name in any article must be preceded by the words “rising star” - although Noonan’s piece lays the groundwork for a different if equally familiar story line: the cautionary tale of a young man who comes to Washington, loses his head with all the publicity, and ultimately becomes either calculating or partisan (unless he can somehow manage to move decisively into the maverick camp).
Well, now you can add the sad cautionary tale of Manny Rodriguez.
As for the specific name, roseae, let me tell a cautionary tale against myself.