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H.L. Mencken

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  • In a word: omnibibulous

    A bonus word of the week for you, at the urging of colleagues: OMNIBIBULOUS This worthy word has not found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. It was coined by H.L. Mencken, an inveterate foe of Prohibition and a stout defender of his Twenty-...
  • The persistence of ignorance

    A couple of years ago at Slate, Farhad Manjoo posted a little rant about people who insist on typing two spaces after a period, even though in our age of computerized proportional type it is not only unnecessary but contraindicated. The article proved...
  • Baltimore love stories for book lovers -- Mencken, Poe and Fitzgerald

    Baltimore love stories for book lovers -- Mencken, Poe and Fitzgerald
    With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a good time to review some of the literary love stories that have been set in Baltimore. In an article in the latest issue of the Sun magazine, reporter Jill Rosen highlights the relationships of H.L. Mencken,...
  • What does Morgan have to do with the College Park murder-suicide?

    What does Morgan have to do with the College Park murder-suicide?
    I grew up in Baltimore reading The Sun, The Evening Sun and The News American initially for comics then on to sports and finally the actual "news." I remember my English teacher at City College, Mr. Rosskopf, teaching us about H.L. Mencken and the...
  • Helmet-less cyclists come up lame

    Helmet-less cyclists come up lame
    I am a cyclist who has done big miles for a long span of years. I am also one who was hit from behind by a car in 2005, an accident which both projected me 85 feet into the air and required more than a year of recovery. I was lucky to survive and would...
  • Poetic passions, tragic partings among Baltimore's greatest romances

    Poetic passions, tragic partings among Baltimore's greatest romances
    Baltimore has witnessed love and loss. From the banks of the harbor to Mount Vernon's cobblestones to the grassed-over burial plots of Greenmount Cemetery, embedded in this city are vestiges of some of history's great romances, stories of people coming...
  • What to do with creationists

    In a post earlier today on the anniversary of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, I casually grouped creationsts among hysterics about the Obama re-election and other individuals who do not appear to be wired to code. I may not have done them...
  • In books, Baltimore beats Denver

    In books, Baltimore beats Denver
    As the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos get ready for their big playoff game Saturday, there are plenty of opinions about how the teams and cities compare. But in one competition -- based on books -- Baltimore wins hands down. The East Coast city had...
  • Whom to blame

    Earlier today I posted about a passage in The Independent of Britain about the late William Rees-Mogg:  Fraser Nelson, the editor of The Spectator, yesterday recalled the advice Lord Rees-Mogg gave him in 2001: "He said he took inspiration from Ben...
  • Some dare call it unreason

    When I was in high school, the drama group traveled to Louisville to see a series of plays (my first experience of Sheridan's Rivals!). As we walked to the theater, a gentleman was handing out some kind of document. It was typed, single-spaced, with no...
  • Were they all arabbers?

    I responded to a reader's query in 2007 about the peculiar Baltimore terms A-rab and Arabber for a street peddler or huckster, explaining that the term probably originated from the nineteenth-century term street arab, a homeless child living by his wits....
  • Panos' career in print and practice honored by press association

    Panos' career in print and practice honored by press association
    During his more than 60 years in the news business, Timonium resident Lou Panos crossed paths with people from legendary Baltimore scribeH.L. Mencken to the Kennedy brothers — as in RFK and JFK. Along the way, Panos, 86, who was inducted last...