I thought, why should I put this up? Surely once somebody mentions it on Language Log my contribution is effectively null.Pretty much every time I publish on anything beyond the relatively safe confines of Upper Midwestern English or the politics of higher education in Wisconsin, I consider this question. (I confirmed that by scrolling through recent posts … only a few, like the one of the California psychic with an MA in Linguistics, didn't trigger this reaction.) It's just the way of the world, of course, and I'm comfortable with it, but occasionally I confess to feeling a little wistful … the Onion, subject of the last post here, was born and grew into a strapping young humor magazine here in Madison. I had an early Onion writer in class many years ago, and have other connections to the magazine I'd rather not disclose at the moment. (And again, for the record, I will neither confirm nor deny that I was the model for Jim Anchower's picture back in '64.) So, commenting about the Onion feels like writing about a little local issue. But the Onion has clearly gone national … see here. Sigh.
*I vaguely recall a similar comment, maybe at/by/on Polyglot Conspiracy or maybe on another linguablot, but can't track it down at the moment.