That comes a few hours after the jobs report from Friday morning, one of the bleakest yet.
But it is precisely when conditions are bleakest that people on both sides require a positive vision for the future.
“Justice-without-mercy must easily be the bleakest, coldest, combination of words in the language,” Salinger writes.
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."