“The next level” conveys about as much meaning as a fart in a locker room. I invoke “locker room” because that’s where “next level” comes into play so often, andContinue reading
There’s no real formula for great headlines, although most good headlines share some common elements. For news headlines, verbs provide the punch. The best feature headlines, though, offer a hintContinue reading
To begin the new year, Obiter Dicta takes you on a tour of a cabinet of medical curiosities. Cabinet of curiosities is an old term used to describe oddities ofContinue reading
Just who are those smiling faces in the clouds? When I first saw them in last week’s Science Times, I thought they were the “vision” the headline referred to. ThenContinue reading
This grammatical lapse in Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times brings Mrs. Malaprop to mind (“… she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying”).
What she meant, of course, was “neck and neck,” like horses at a track or ostriches on the way to wherever ostriches go in a hurry. …Continue reading