Daily Archives: August 17, 2014

What’s the Word For . . .

parcheesi-markers-optWhat’s the word when you make the wrong move that saves the day?

Yesterday in parcheesi, I made a totally unnecessary and by the numbers risky move that didn’t even set up anything useful, and it accidentally allowed me to blot my opponent and zoom ahead to win the game. There was nothing calculated, no percentage being played. The move was entirely without reason, and in fact exposed me to a high-percentage likelihood of being blotted myself.

This must happen in higher stakes environments: relationships, war.  It seems like there should be a word for it.

I don’t mean lucky, or stupid. I’m not even sure I’m looking for an adjective.

Is there a word for that theoretically wrong and actually pointless (and probably unintentional) but ultimately situation-saving action?

Huh.  Maybe just life.