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A Monday two-fer

I give you the joke of the week, “”The Turbulent Flight”:

And the word of the week: nonage:,0,4648307.story

Bonus: The “In a Word" gallery:,0,5861503.storygallery


Posted by John McIntyre at 1:00 PM | | Comments (4)


Thank you, John.

Good job of not overworking yourself.

What comes between nonage and dotage? Midage?

With respect to "Joke of the Day," I recall Sir Ralph Richardson telling an anecdote on one of the incarnations of the Tonight Show many years ago about catching sight of Dylan Thomas in a pub, catching a view of Thomas' back. Surprisingly to Richardson, Thomas' hair was trimmed, his collar clean, his suit pressed. Delighted, Sir Ralph moved around to face the poet--and was surprised to discover there was a large splash of vomit down the front of his otherwise crisply ironed clean shirt. "Oh, Dylan!" cried Richardson in dismay! Before he could say more, his story went, Thomas rounded on him and exclaimed, "Christ, man, can't you tell it's not mine?"

JotW was more a lesson in contemporary travel.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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