Monthly Archive: March 2006

Our Flabby Language II

Picking up from last week: Criteria through Famously: Criteria. This is the plural of criterion—which means there must be two or more to use the word. (I know, I know—there are those who say it should be memorandums rather than memoranda.) I’d like to enter a plea here to keep the language of the Caesars …

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Our Flabby Language I

I’ve come to the conclusion that too many of my younger fellow citizens are reaching adulthood without benefit of the Sisters of Holy Cross—and I fear for their children, and their children’s children. Noun by tortured verb, we are building our own rhetorical Tower of Babel. Forget Sam Clemens’ aspiration for “the right word in …

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Missing the Point I

Prologue: I hadn’t intended to return to the subject of sport so soon, but the publication last week of the new book “exposing” Barry Bonds’ obvious use of performance-enhancing substances over time and the renewed media hoo-hah is too tempting. Unless you’ve lived in a cave since mid-2003, you’ll know that the Bonds case was …

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Missing the Point II

Picking up from last week: Responses and Round Two. His response to my initial message, published last week: HIM: “Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it. I want you to know that I read your entire email and am impressed by your passion for track …

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Olympians II

Picking up from last week, he earned and we learned: He was elected captain of his university’s men’s team three consecutive seasons, which has happened one other time or not at all there, in a track and field program that predates the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He earned the university-wide prize for athletic leadership, given to …

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