Favorite

Seeing demons 

Demonize is the hot verb in political discourse these days.

"The Wall Street Journal ignores GOP priorities to accuse Obama of demonizing his opponents."

"The NRA president said that the commission was demonizing the Second Amendment."

To demonize an opponent is to make him sound really bad, so that when you abuse him, you can claim he's only getting what he deserves. Arkansas legislators have demonized women, to justify the anti-abortion bills the lawmakers are passing. "The colonel's lady and Judy O'Grady are demons under the skin," as Kipling didn't quite say.

The name of the Wake Forest University athletic teams is Demon Deacons. I wonder if they ever get demonized, as in "Tar Heels demonize Wake, demand exorcism of fieldhouse." Wake players could be either demonized or deaconized, for that matter. Both sound unflattering, at least to non-Baptists.

 

From a review of "The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War":

"The French and Indian War began the glorious process of our own independence but precipitated our regretful destruction of native Americans' way of life and culture."

Regretful means, obviously, "full of regret." I don't think the people who were busily destroying native Americans' way of life and culture felt any regrets at the time.

It was only much later that society began to view that destruction as "unfortunate, deplorable" — that is, regrettable, which is the word the reviewer was reaching for.

Why did the European leave? 

A headline in the editorial section of the Sunday paper — "The European Left and it's trouble with Jews" — prompted a note from Richard W. Chapman: "Where is the apostrophe police when we need them?" Over at the doughnut shop, probably, while the apostrophes are on a rampage. Or am I demonizing the punctuation cops?

 

"It was cut and dry, no ifs, ands or buts. There's a right way, a wrong way and an Army way." In this case, the right way is cut and dried.

Nobody seems to have a generally accepted explanation of the phrase's origin. I've heard that it has to do with pioneers turning meat into jerky. I've also heard that that story is malarkey.

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Shared

  • Finalists named in UALR chancellor search

    The University of Arkansas System has announced the three finalists in the search for a successor to Joel Anderson as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Post found at Parkin at UA for dating

    A portion of a post unearthed last week by Parkin Archeological State Park archeologist Dr. Jeff Mitchem was taken to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville over the weekend for studies to determine whether it is actually the remains of a cross erected by DeSoto in 1542.
  • The top 20: Segregation of the affluent

    Thomas Edsall writes about the segregation — by education, geography and other markers — of the people in the top fifth of the income scale in the U.S. He quotes from a recent academic research paper:
  • 2016 All-Star nominees

    Here are the students nominated to be Academic All-Stars. They are listed by their hometowns, as indicated by mailing addresses.
  • Low tactics every day: Walmart education

    State Education Commissioner Johnny Key fired Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent last week because he ventured off the reservation when he presented data to the state Board of Education on the damaging impact of charter schools on the district, which the state now runs. Kurrus was questioning proposed expansions of two charter schools already draining easier-to-educate children from the LRSD.

Latest in

  • The L word and the C word

    I was excited to see the newspaper headline "Bielema liberal." "After all those neo-Nazis, we've finally got a coach who thinks right," I told friends. "I wonder if he belongs to the ADA."
    • May 1, 2014
  • Who's exasperated?

    Jim Newell was gripped by exasperation himself after reading this item in the business section. "Exacerbated" is the word the writer wanted, he sagely suggests.
    • Apr 24, 2014
  • We will run no race before it's ripe

    "What year would Oaklawn recognize as its 100th anniversary? After all, Oaklawn's advertising material is ripe with 'Since 1904,' but it's widely reported the first race wasn't run until 1905."
    • Apr 17, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

April

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Viewed

  • Rigged system

    Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Education, where inequity, ideology and incompetence are our specialties — but trust us with your kids.
  • Low tactics every day: Walmart education

    State Education Commissioner Johnny Key fired Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent last week because he ventured off the reservation when he presented data to the state Board of Education on the damaging impact of charter schools on the district, which the state now runs. Kurrus was questioning proposed expansions of two charter schools already draining easier-to-educate children from the LRSD.
  • No independence

    Now that the spectacular musical "Hamilton" and a new book that hails him as the father of the U.S. economy have burnished the reputation of the soldier-philosopher, the most brilliant of the Founders, it behooves political columnists to incorporate him.
  • 'Second chance' citizenship

    Just before the March 1 election, I was campaigning in the Capitol View neighborhood encouraging support for the ill-fated Pulaski County transit tax. I asked one man out building a fence whether he planned to vote. His response: "I can't because I was a felon."
  • Get real

    Call me unpatriotic, but whenever I hear people prating about the "American Dream" it sets my teeth on edge. The thing about dreams, see, is that they're imaginary. A figment of your imagination.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Get real

    • No, Gene the American dream is as good as ever. Stupidity has been around as…

    • on April 28, 2016
  • Re: Get real

    • Gabler is probably an extreme example, but his blunders are emblematic of American's general sense…

    • on April 28, 2016
 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation