May 23, 2008

Wordsmiths

A couple of amusing things from the Standard in the last few days. First is Joseph Bottum's "Agenbites", the name he assigns to those special words that really sound like what they mean, which is "what all language wants to be when it grows up."

In the current issue, Joseph Epstein notes the passing of the day when some basic level of scholarly distinction or noble achievement was the standard to merit an honorary degree from a university.

Posted by dan at May 23, 2008 10:49 PM