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H.L. Mencken

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  • 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.*
  • 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. She was, she concedes, stoned at the time and...

    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...

    Not by letters alone

    Print is another country, and from the time we first discover the correspondences between the world of the senses and the shapes of letters, we explore a parallel landscape.  Speech we begin to learn before we can even walk, but reading and writing take...