Favorite

Words, Jan. 24 

Barefaced and butt naked:

“The rhetoric he offers when discussing his economic policy is a boldfaced lie.”

Kelley Bass asks, “It's bald-faced, right?” It's both, and it could be barefaced too. Bald-faced and its alter ego barefaced meant “without concealment; with the face uncovered” when they entered the language around the 16th century. Barefaced is slightly older, according to Random House. Over the years, the words got stretched to mean “brazen, audacious.” But bold-faced was coming to mean about the same thing at about the same time. By the 20th century, though, bold-faced was being used mainly to refer to a kind of type. Now it's making a comeback in the old “brazen” sense. (The dictionary doesn't explain why bald-faced and bold-faced are hyphenated, and barefaced is not.)

Bald-faced and bold-faced aside, Kelley has a point when he talks about increasingly careless usage. “I see moderately literate folks mistakenly use ‘loose' instead of ‘lose,' and ‘lead' as the past tense of ‘lead,' ” he says. “Odd and disconcerting.” Yes. It seems hardly anybody uses led anymore. And a whole lot of people use butt naked in place of the original buck naked.

Plurals running amuck, still:

Tymoshenko and Yushchenko have a history of tensions.” But first, they had a history of indifferences.

Hi-yo, Silvers:

From an article about the St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman being traded to another team -

“The last three years, Rolen has missed 176 games. Most Cardinals wanted La Russa [the team's manager] back for a 13th season, and Rolen was one of the lone dissenters.” Among the leaders, I'd imagine. I'm told there's a movie in which a rock band is called “The Lone Rangers.”

A reader claims he's heard “go and bring” on television. “I was taught to say ‘go and take, come and bring,' ” he writes. He was taught correctly. What he heard on television was probably the Fox News commentators. They don't know whether they're coming or going.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

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 »

Event Calendar

« »

July

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 Recent Comments

  • Re: Buyer remorse

    • It's just that always when somebody criticizes trump, you bring up Hillary. Why? Why am…

    • on July 28, 2017
  • Re: Buyer remorse

    • Oh, my - I don't hate Hillary Clinton - I feel she is damaged goods…

    • on July 28, 2017
  • Re: Buyer remorse

    • IBS, you're from Chicago, right? Hillary's from Chicago. Your monomania against Hillary is puzzling and…

    • on July 27, 2017
 

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