Archive for the ‘Language and poitics’ Category

Borne again

February 1, 2017

… on the wings of prayer. Yesterday’s Bizarro:


(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 2 in this strip — see this Page.)

Born-again birds of prey, evangelizing Brother Owl.


Politically prescient G&S

August 5, 2016

Two days ago, a political portmanteau (about Herr Drumpf) committed by Susan Fischer on Facebook:

So when Donald goes off on a rant, is it a tantrump?

To which I replied, bowing to Sir Arthur Sullivan:

Loudly let the trumpet bray!
Tantantarump, tantantarump!


Leaving, in tears and a portmanteau

June 25, 2016

Passed on by Facebook friends (especially Arthur Prokosch), this Dan Wasserman editorial cartoon in the Boston Globe on the 16th:

Here we are in Portmantexia, a land of words in –exit, –leave, and –out, a land that people want to abandon. The leading family in Portmantexia is the Exits, especially the recently prominent Brexit, towering above cousins Grexit, Crexit, the infant Trexit, the black sheep Texit, and the newborns Nexit and Frexit.


Primary barbeque

March 15, 2016

Yesterday on the NYT‘s op-ed page, in advance of today’s primary elections (in FL, IL, MO, NC, and OH, plus the Northern Marianas), a wryly funny piece by the great sociologist of the South and authority on North Carolina barbecue (and old friend of mine) John Shelton Reed, “North Carolina and the Politics of Barbecue”, beginning:

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Tuesday is Primary Day in North Carolina, and while things like trade, immigration and the deficit will help people pick their candidate for president, there’s another issue that has an outsize impact on how the Tar Heel State votes: barbecue.

Year in and year out, the way a politician approaches the question of cooked meat determines how he fares at the polls. As Herbert O’Keefe, the editor of The Raleigh Times in the 1950s, once said, “No man has ever been elected governor of North Carolina without eating more barbecue than was good for him.”


Name news

December 4, 2014

Briefly noted, two pieces of news about names: the annual report on the year’s most popular baby names; and the uniqueness of the name Jong-Un in North Korea.