Some puzzled comments have cropped up online about last weekend’s right-wing demonstration in Charlottesville. Why, people wonder, if the point was a statue of Robert E. Lee and Confederate heritage, was there all that shouting about Jews?
One explanation has been around for some time, near the end of Mary McCarthy’s “Artists in Uniform,” published in Harper’s in 1953.Read more
In the summertime, particularly in the South, you can see gentlemen adjusting to the heat by wearing seersucker suits.
Seersucker is a light linen, rayon, or cotton textile, crinkled and typically bearing a pattern of stripes.
The word is of some interest because it arrives in English from neither the Germanic nor the French/Latin roots.Read more
Initially it was amusing to see Richard Spencer, the agitprop dilettante, and his feckless followers in a torchlight parade.
Apparently lacking the ept to make an actual torch, they parade with Tiki Torches redolent of citronella. Mostly young men, they have the look of having pledged unsuccessfully to the popular fraternities. They chant Nazi slogans, give Nazi salutes, carry Nazi emblems.Read more
Each week The Sun’s John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
Detritus (pronounced duh-TRY-tus) in its earliest sense meant the fragments left from the disintegration of rocks.Read more
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
Last week, in writing about erudite, I used the word recondite. Perhaps it should have a turn.
It means “profound,” “abstruse,” “little known,” “obscure,” “beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding.”Read more