“Gut-busting” seems to be the adjective of choice these days for movie comedies, or alleged comedies.
“Gut-bustingly funny,” says a newspaper ad for “Kung Fu Hustle.” Right next to it, an ad for “King’s Ransom” claims that the movie is “A gut-busting and sidesplitting comedy.” Both gut-busting and sidesplitting, eh? Sounds messy.
I haven’t seen either movie, but I know a cinephile who walked out on both, gut intact. One man’s gut-busting is another man’s stomach-turning, I suppose.
The caption on a newspaper photograph of two people in a boat said, “Catherine Rideout, an ornithologist, and Garrick Dugger, both with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, troll along the Cache River, searching the trees Friday for an ivory-billed woodpecker.”
Trolling is not a term that applies to just any boat that is moving slowly. Trolling is a kind of fishing, in which the line is trailed behind a slow-moving boat. The people in this photograph are cruising down the river (though not on a Sunday afternoon, as the old song had it). They do not appear to be trolling.
Incidentally, does anybody have a good recipe for ivory-billed woodpecker? I’ve lost mine.
A reader e-mails: “I came across the phrase ‘Dutch courage’ in a magazine article yesterday. I’d heard it before but I don’t know what it means.” I hope she’s not Dutch.
Dutch courage is courage that comes from a bottle — false courage, induced by the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
This is one of many terms coined by the English around the 17th century to belittle national rivals. A Dutch treat is no treat at all; the invited guest must pay his or her own way. To take French leave is to go AWOL, to desert. Just the sort of behavior you’d expect from a Frog.
“Raul Ibanez hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the 12th to give visiting Seattle a victory over visiting Cleveland.”
Who got to bat last?
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.