Hungry and shirty 

Baby's little diaper loves shortnin', shortnin' ...

From the police beat: "Baby Left in Car, Couple Arrested ... Wal-Mart employees who fed and changed the baby's diaper, told police the baby was hungry and had a soiled diaper when she was taken inside the store, the report said."

Michael Klossner asks, "But was the diaper hungry?"

Shirt happens:

" 'The New Republic,' though only now appearing in print, was completed by Shriver in 1998, near the end of a decade when the United States seemed fortunate and frivolous to observers overseas. ... In a shirty author's note, Shriver writes that in 1998, she was unable to find a publisher for her satire because, three years prior to September 11, Americans 'dismissed terrorism as Foreigners' Boring Problem.' "

I think shirty is mainly a Britishism, which is probably why the spell-checker put a red line under it. But Random House knows shirty, calling it "informal" and defining it as "bad-tempered, irritable, cranky."

Twit Romney:

"American Majority trainings and materials are part of a proprietary, cutting-edge curriculum of advanced political tactics. The curriculum includes policy education, messaging, precinct organization, Get-Out-the-Vote operations, fundraising and social media. American Majority's Twitivism guide is widely viewed as the leading manual for using Twitter as a tool to inform and mobilize conservatives." Is that worth doing? What we need more is a Twitivism guide to help us locate all the twits ("insignificant and bothersome persons') and keep them from congregating. A dog might be a possibility. North Little Rock is employing dogs, apparently with some success, to keep geese out of Burns Park

Monty Python used to run a contest in England to crown the "Upper-class twit of the year." Contestants competed in abusing waiters, keeping working people awake with loud, drunken conversations in the wee hours, and running over pedestrians. One year, the contest winner was an upper-class twit who'd somehow managed to run over himself. Perhaps because of Python, many upper-class twits fled England and settled in the USA, where they are now competing for the Republican presidential nomination.



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