- Well, the poll is pretty much done … Poison's former bassist wins, hands down. It looks like around 1% of visitors to the blog participated over the duration of the poll, though I don't know whether that says something about the topic or the willingness to do dumb polls online. We'll see at some future point.
- Steven Pinker has a big piece in the NYT Sunday Magazine today about our endowment with a moral sense.
- Safire, taking up space in the same forum, gripes about the of in constructions of the type "off of the defensive", "too big of a meal", etc. Don't get me started. At least he's actually talking about language generally, in his "On Language" column, not just words. And he's still pissed about "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should". (Younger readers won't even know that ancient chapter of peevological history.) That cracks me up.
- Friends from Tucson report that their city (along with others, I see) has stravenues, and I'm surprised to learn that they are officially abbreviated as Stra by the USPS. It's a kinda nice blend, but sort of odd in bureaucratic usage, which seems to not have many of these. (In cities like Tuscon, laid out on a grid, with streets running one way and avenues the other, these run diagonally.)
- The other night, someone used the cropping libes for "(preprandial) libation". I thought it was at least kinda cute, even after seeing that the same cropping is used for library by some students. You can hardly object to the kids privileging the library over drinking in their innovative word formation.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here's a laundry list …