Favorite

Words Oct. 21 

Inappropriate touching is my anti-drug: The sports page reported on an ugly incident at a Denver middle school during a rally urging students to stay drug-free. One of the participants in the rally, a cheerleader for a professional soccer team, was knocked down by a group of students ostensibly rushing to get her autograph. Rescued from the crowd, she was "visibly shaken" and told the school principal that she had been inappropriately touched. The story concluded: "Salazar [the principal] said he still has not determined whether the touching was an accident or if it was intentional. If he finds the student or students responsible, they could face several forms of school discipline, ranging from detention, suspension or even expulsion." When stating a range of possibilities, a from at the front end requires a to at the back end. Here the writer has omitted the to. The range of punishments is endless. "LOS ANGELES (AP) - After creating ‘Star Wars, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘American Graffiti,’ Darth Vader might insist it was George Lucas’ DESTINY to get the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award." Darth Vader was a character in movies, not a creator of movies. The sentence should be revised to make it plain that George Lucas is the creator. Jennifer Barnett Reed writes: "I threw the word ‘snarky’ into an e-mail to a friend of mine, but when he asked me what it meant, I was hard-pressed to put it into words. I figured it was too new to be in the dictionary. I finally came up with this on my own — ‘bitchy, hostile’ plus ‘smug’ equals ‘snarky.’ Then I actually looked it up in a 1997 dictionary and there it was, defined as a British slang term meaning ‘irritable or testy.’ I don’t think that’s how it’s used in the U.S., though." The 2000 edition of the American Heritage Dictionary also says that snarky is a slang term meaning "irritable or short-tempered; irascible." Any additional meanings are unknown to me. The snark was a mysterious, imaginary animal created in 1876 by Lewis Carroll in his poem "The Hunting of the Snark," but there’s no evidence of a connection between that snark and today’s snarky.
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Doug Smith

  • 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 »

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Latest in Words

  • 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 »

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Event Calendar

« »

January

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 31  

Most Viewed

  • A heart in this house

    Since Election Day, I have been at a loss as to how to direct my energy. I am spinning in circles.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: A heart in this house

    • The elections woke people up, a good thing and caused some people to feel insecure…

    • on January 20, 2017
  • Re: A heart in this house

    • Arkansas needs You.

    • on January 19, 2017
  • Re: A heart in this house

    • Autumn Tolbert, thank You. I met Rev. Barbour in Selma two years ago. A new…

    • on January 19, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation