Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The WORD Returns, In a Nick of Time

WORDmeister note: At the risk of tainting your New Year glow, I have to report that, as feared and expected, apologetic guys in white coats delivered the WORD to my front stoop. That’s the way with news—bad or otherwise: it hits the front door whether you want it or not. (Hear that, Kirby Delauter?) What better way to start a silly new WORD season than with the Maryland county council member who threatened to sue the Frederick News Post if the newspaper used his name without permission?
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“‘Uh, Council Member: In our country, newspapers are actually allowed to write about elected officials (and others) without their permission. It’s an avantgarde experiment, to be sure, but we’ve had some success with it.’ You know, that whole First Amendment thing.”
Blogger Eugene Volokh and the Frederick News Post editors, “Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter,” The Frederick News Post, Jan. 6, 2015

Editorial Comment: Even without Stephen Colbert, I think it’s going to be a great year, WORDwise.
PeezPix by Ted Pease 
The Surf Rider rides out a winter storm, December 2014 

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Ted Pease, Professor of Interesting Stuff, Trinidad, California.
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“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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