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H.L. Mencken

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  • Truth has not got its boots on

    Writing at the Daily Dot, EJ Dickson confesses to perpetrating a fraud: planting a false entry in Wikipedia about the Amelia Bedelia children's books saying that the character is based on a maid in Cameroon.
  • Steady-state looniness

    Every morning I check for dispatches from the locations in this broad republic where the simple wait to be practiced upon. And every morning I discover confirmation that H.L. Mencken's low estimate of the intelligence of his fellow citizens holds true.*...

    Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?

    Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?
    My former Baltimore Sun colleague Antero Pietila asks a big question on his Facebook page: "Who was the most influential Baltimorean of all time, and why?" It's a delicious ponderable, and the discussion it provoked has been going on for a week. We...

    English is a big language

    A recent article at Slate by Gretchen McCulloch, "Why Do You Think You're Right About Language? You're Not," prompts some fruitful thinking about idiolects.  An idiolect is "not just vocabulary; it's everything from how we pronounce certain words to how...

    Zero tolerance? Yeah, that'll work

    Modern frontiers in fatuity: Last week at Jim Romenesko's website, we learned that Chris Quinn, the content chief of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, was so incensed about the profusion of typographical errors at that he announced a zero...