Charles Hamilton Houston:
Contrary to what you might think, there are only three Star Wars movies. Any others are counterfeit.
My local rag’s David Hall writes of the funeral of Carl Long, a man of many firsts (“he helped break the color barrier in the Carolina League in 1956 . . . .became Kinston’s first black Trailways bus driver, its first black deputy and its first black detective”). The column is worth a read, but this bit leapt out at me.
One more time: When next you hear someone romanticizing “the Lost Cause,” ask him or her to specify out loud for all to hear just precisely what cause was lost.
Every year, there is a spate of stories about words added to various dictionaries.
In my local rag, Bernadette Kinlaw points out that, every year, words are also dropped from dictionaries. Here are a few of this year’s casualties:
This is an aircraft that flies because of its rotating blades.
When you deliciate, you indulge in feasting. I’m going to use that word starting today.
A frigorific thing causes or creates cold. The polar vortex is like that.
Read her list. Several of them are words I’ve actually heard of (alienist, for one). I have heard somewhere gyrocopter, but not cyclogiro.