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You Don't Say

You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.
180 years

Today The Baltimore Sun marks 180 years of publication. Of those 180 years, I have taken part for thirty.

I am a lowly cog in the operation, taking my place each day at the news/copy desk, charged with making sure that the articles that pass through my hands are as accurate and clear as I can make them.

Some days I am more successful than others.

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In a word: opsimath

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:

OPSIMATH

“You live and learn,” I once tweeted, “but not long, and not much.”

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In a word: enceinte

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:

ENCEINTE

Taboos in language are not constant, but subject to cultural shifts.

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The Old Editor has no time for your obsessions
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That song everyone hears on Derby Day

At the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, as the band starts to play “My Old Kentucky Home,” the camera will pan over the grandstand, where the rosy, well-fed gentlemen in their summer suits and the ladies in their elaborate millinery will be smiling and singing the first verse of the state song.

Stephen Foster’s text has required a little adjustment over the years.

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In a word: logy

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:

LOGY

Not quite an unfamiliar word, but one you may reserve for use after Thanksgiving dinner or on similar occasions.

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