I know a woman who, after being dumped unceremoniously by a boyfriend, cursed the guy: "You'll end up a lonely old man one day." Decades later, she seems saddened at the fact that it's come true.
When, some weeks ago, I broke off things with Safire, I didn't drop a big curse on him, but I did call him "a bug stuck in amber, … never moving for all eternity." Well, maybe he is moving, but if so, it's in the worst possible direction …
Today's Safire column (don't worry we're not going there: no linguistic content to speak of, beyond a definition of hypocoristic) focuses on terms like hottie and stud muffin, after an opening riff on British to hot up. Sorry, but that's just somehow not age-appropriate vocabulary coming from him.
The facing page to the print edition of his column has a Campari ad that looks like it was designed to fit the topic — featuring Salma Hayek in a low-cut black dress. This makes it far worse.
The last thing we need is an image of Safire as leering old man.