Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Use It

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Growing Language


“A language is a very democratic thing. People who use it own it. No royalty or committee can dictate it. Some may try to dam its flow, but they rarely succeed. If people find a word useful, they’ll use it, even if they have to borrow it from another language. If they need a word to describe something new, they will coin a word for it. Sometimes they repurpose existing words for new purposes. So grows language.” 

—Anu Garg, writer, word lover and founder, Wordsmith.org


Editorial Comment: No stopping it.


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The VagaBus






 



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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Weird Science

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Just the Facts
“Science is built with facts as a house is with stones, but a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” 

—Jules Henri Poincaré (1854-1912), mathematician, physicist and philosopher



Editorial Comment: Sometimes a sand castle, sometimes a Pulitzer.


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The Old Pier






 



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Monday, May 2, 2016

Political Tones

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Hindsight 

“Eight years ago, I said it was time to change the tone of politics. In hindsight I really should have been more specific.”


—Barack Obama, comedian and U.S. president, addressing his final White House Correspondents Dinner, April 30, 2016



Editorial Comment: Hindsight is 20-20.




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Coasties






 





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Friday, April 29, 2016

Throwback

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Drum Beats
“Yes, yes, we journalists love Twitter, even feeling compelled to constantly regurgitate quotes from events, like presidential primary debates, that our prospective audience is already watching, as if we were AP correspondents in the Belgian Congo in a pre-Internet, pre-TV age.”

—James Warren, chief media writer, “For most, it doesn't generate much traffic,” Morning MediaWire, Poynter Institute, April 18, 2016

Editorial Comment: In-depth and up to the second, all in OMGs and emoticons.


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On the Road



 





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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Joy of Words

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Seems Simple Enough


“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”

—C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), novelist, academic and philosopher, Till We Have Faces, 1956


Editorial Comment: If that’s true, how to understand politicians?


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Sleeping Fleet



 





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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We miss Jon

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The WORDmeister reassures: Yesterday’s WORD seems to have frightened some loyal victims. We’re not quite done for the season — more blather for a week or two, until classes are over, grades turned in and the whitecoats from St. Mumbles get tired of more campaign crapola. So bear up as best you can. And will the WORD retire after this season? Are you nuts — with a possible Drumpf presidency on the horizon? Jon Stewart can crawl away, but the WORD is made of sterner stuff.
 
Flaming Ants


“The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen, or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous flaming ant epidemic.”

—Jon Stewart, who abandoned us to the Campaign Year of Insanity, 2010 URL



Editorial Comment: Of course, if he’d stayed, Jon’s head would already have spectacularly exploded.

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Rather Nice



 








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