Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Last WORD

The WORDmeister writes... Dear loyal WORDsters: For various reasons, the WORD concludes its 19th season (I think) today, and I’m sending the WORD back to Saint Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose. It is not, strictly speaking, the last WORD—we’ll be back in August. But communication has become complicated of late, because I've become a mountain man in a cabin up Logan Canyon without internet, and today was my last f2f class at Utah State, and I leave Logan, Utah, on May 3. So life is getting more interesting. I thank you all for your attention, and will get back to you in August after the WORD escapes—again!— from Saint Mumbles for another round of afflictions. Be well, all. Summer on.


“The last paragraph of the Times obit reads, ‘You’re not buying news when you buy The New York Times,’ Mr. Sulzberger said. ‘You're buying judgment.’
“Teachers and parents ought to subscribe to newspapers for this reason alone.”
—Alert WORDster Pat Shea, quoting the New York Times obit for Arthur Sulzburger, longtime publisher, on his death in 2012.
• Editorial Comment: Everybody! Buy a newspaper today!

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
California Poppy


TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM is a free “service” sent to the 1,800 or so misguided subscribers around the planet. If you have recovered from whatever led you to subscribe and don’t want it anymore, send “unsubscribe” to Or if you want to afflict someone else, send me the email address and watch the fun begin. (Disclaimer: I just quote ’em, I don’t necessarily endorse ’em. But all contain at least a kernel of insight. Don’t shoot the messenger.) 
Ted Pease, Professor of Interesting Stuff, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
(Be)Friend Dr. Ted, Professor of Interesting Stuff

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” —Tom Stoppard


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