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[Tuesday, May 13, 2003]


Neologism alert!

I hate to be such an old fogey as to complain about verbing of nouns, but "to larvicide" (spotted in today's Toronto Star) really does strike me as peculiar. The real payoff in that story, though, comes several paragraphs in, when a sentence calmly begins "Liberal health critic Sandra Pupatello..."

Maybe I should have stayed in Portland, and discovered whether my travel health insurance would cover counselling in Klingon. Given the surreality of recent headlines in standard news outlets ("Dixie Chicks answer critics, pose nude"), I'm not surprised that over half of respondents to this poll, at last count, deemed The Onion the most reliable source of information.

posted 5:22 PM |