Well, as the saying goes, you say tomato, I say total and abject capitulation.
Us political hacks were roused out of mid-afternoon somnolence yesterday to be told that John Gormley and Brian Lenihan would be over to brief us on something significant.
And what was it? A new proposal to legislate for civil partnerships.
If you weren't as hard bitten and cynical as us, you would say: great. That's a fantastic breakthrough.
But there's a fly in the ointment!
And it's this:
Last February, the Labour Party tabled a Bill that would make civil unions between homosexual couples legal.
The Green Party enthusiastically endorsed it, with its justice spokesperson Ciaran Cuffe backing it to the hilt (listen to Cuffe's interview on Morning Ireland here)
In fairness to them the Greens also got a commitment into the Programme for Government. But the more hesitant FFers insisted that the phraseology be civil partnership rather than civil union.
The difference is important. A civil partnership can never be considered the equivalent of gay marriage - it will never be on a part with heterosexual marriage will will retain its preeminence in the Constitution.
Civil partnership is certainly a massive improvement on what we have at present. It will allow the legal rights of partners to be recognised by law (including succession rights and a possible share of assets). Forms of life partnerships other than homosexual ones will also be recognised.
But the manner in which it was all rushed through last night smacked of a little panic (though Green handlers were blue in the face last night saying that the party's programme manager Donal Geoghegan has been working on it since last September).
Tactically, it was a clever little move by the Labour Party. By retabling a motion that the Greens backed so solidly last February, they were calling the junior coalition party's bluff.
Would the Greens have to vote against a Bill they backed only last February and face more embarrassing taunts of sell-out and capitulation?
Did they have any choice but to pressure the senior partners to come up with something that would give them comfort?
The Government's own proposals (yep, they have been working on it since last September) were delivered orally by Brian Lenihan and John Gormley and were so vague that two words came to mind. One was 'back'. The other was 'envelope'. Heads of Bill by next March. Legislation by the end of this term. Proposals saying they would take account of the plethora of reports that have been produced in recent years.
All it was was a reiteration of the Programme for Government commitment with a couple of bells and whistles.
You need to be careful about the optics. This will be perceived as a reactive measure rather than something they came out with themselves. The Greens can't always be responding. They need to begin to assert their own agendas.
Otherwise it's going to pan out as a series of ass-saving exercises.