“Don Tworry, president of the University of A Few Miles Outside Earle on Highway 149, said the state’s system of higher education has become more efficient in recent years with partnerships between and among colleges.”
Not just between, but also among. Dr. Tworry is observing the old rule that between is used to express a relationship involving two persons or things (“Just between you and me, she’s older than she says”), and among is used when the relationship involves more than two (“At first slowly, then more rapidly, disillusionment spread among Bush’s supporters”).
But it’s a little more complicated than that. Random House says that between “also continues to be used, as it has been throughout its entire history, to express a relationship of persons or things considered individually, no matter how many: Between holding public office, teaching, and writing, she has little free time.”
Couldn’t we just say that mistakes were made?
From a letter to the editor of a church newspaper: “I take issue with several of David Doe’s statements on John Paul II’s legacy, but space will only permit me to address the one in the fifth paragraph. He calls the flagitious behavior of the priests in the sex scandal ‘inappropriate sexual behavior.’ Mr. Doe needs a dictionary.
“Belching in polite company is inappropriate behavior. The priests’ behavior could be described as ‘debauchery,’ ‘a heinous criminal act,’ ‘an abomination to the Lord,’ ‘a vile act,’ ‘a loathsome beastly sin’ or ‘a horrifying crime.’ ”
Flagitious does not refer, as one might think, to football officials who throw penalty flags when they shouldn’t, and don’t throw them when they should. It means “shamefully wicked” or “infamous.”
Come to think of it, I’ve seen refs who were flagitious even by that definition. Most of those who’ve worked the Arkansas-Texas games, in fact.
Kenneth, what are the frequency?
Bob Lancaster notes that while the daily newspaper was ridiculing a state legislator for saying “The winds of change is blowing,” on the same day in the same section of the paper one of its own columnists was writing “And what is the criteria?”
House Republicans pulled down the Trumpcare legislation this afternoon and walked out, depriving Democrats of some fun in pointing out all the anti-woman, anti-poor, pro-rich aspects of a bill too generous for hardcare Republicans and too mean for the few remaining moderates.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.