Favorite

Words, June 19 

This little piccie went to market:

“Scientific American has a nice article listing the top five mistakes that photo-fakers make when they use photoshop to doctor piccies.”

I'm not sure but what calling photographs piccies isn't worse than faking photographs. We're adopting a new rule around here: “One who says piccies will be beaten with sticcies.” That should put a stop to it.

(A late bulletin – “Photo maven Brian Chilson said today in Little Rock that he'd never heard ‘piccies.' ”)

 

The world's tallest bale bondsman was a total loss:

“SAC CITY, IA—A category F4 tornado ravaged large sections of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin Sunday, killing 15 people and irreparably damaging four of the world's largest novelty objects, including a prized 150-foot fiberglass muskie and a two-ton bail of hay in Minnesota.” The disaster report, from The Onion, was satire. The misspelling was sincere.

 

Unevolved:

“If everyone was like Crawford and Ingram, there would be no problems with summer basketball … “

Terry M. Poynter of Mountain Home writes: “Does anybody, except dinosaurs like me, still observe the rules of grammar regarding the subjunctive mood (mode?) when expressing the hypothetical? According to the rules my mother taught me, and to a lesser extent the public school system, the verb in that sentence should have been ‘were.' ”

Usage manuals devote pages to the subjunctive mood (or mode, either is correct). Poynter's example deals with the contrary-to-fact use of the subjunctive, so we'll stick to that. Success With Words says: “Many people say if I was you, and in British English this is considered a correct alternative; but in North American English it is felt to be strongly colloquial, if not entirely wrong.” Poynter is correct, dinosaurian though he may be.

 

n Herald to the almost-chief:

“A lot of historic barriers have been busted through in this presidential year, and another looms: Could both running mates herald from Arkansas?” Gwen Moritz writes: “Is herald used correctly in this item from US News and World Report? I would have used hail from.” Me too.

 

Favorite

Sign up for the Daily Update email

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 »

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 »

Most Viewed

  • Lights out

    I was taught to turn lights out when I was not using them. We pay extra for electricity to finance energy-saving programs that involve devices that turn lights out when not in use. Yet, the city of Little Rock recently sent an email advising citizens to combat crime by leaving outside lighting on all night. That is backward, ineffectual, potentially counterproductive and environmentally irresponsible advice.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The cult of Trump

    • That isn't what I said, and you know that pretty well, Oaf. Just lies and…

    • on June 23, 2018
  • Re: The cult of Trump

    • Rabbi, you probably don't know Steven. He's the head Kool-Aid taster for the Trump cult…

    • on June 22, 2018
  • Re: The cult of Trump

    • Those traits sound like most any politician in DC, mostly the Dims.

    • on June 22, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation