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It might well be spring

The temperature is climbing to eighty degrees, and the sun has made its appearance today. This promises to be, if the thunderstorms forecast for later delay their development, a halcyon day for Baltimore.

That’s a broad hint, readers, about the word of the week.

The joke of the week running at baltimoresun.com is the lawyer joke from last week, but it’s still one of the better traditional lawyer jokes.

 

 

Posted by John McIntyre at 1:25 PM | | Comments (5)
        

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Is this the first time the word of the week also appears solely in a cliché to be avoided?

This site needs a "like" button for the comments your followers leave. I like John Cowan's comment. I also love your joke.

Your post title immediately brought a smile to my face as it did what I figure you intended it to do, remind me of Rogers and Hammerstein's "It Might as Well be Spring". In fact, I immediately jumped to Nina Simone's version running through my head. And if that's not enough to raise a smile, I don't know what is!

Ella

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbik3v09xps


Eve,

Thanks so much for that wonderful YouTube Ella Fitzgerald rendition of "It Might As Well Be Spring".

Her remarkable phrasing, and impeccable enunciation once again reminds us of why she is still revered, and ranked as one of America's true singing legends..

On the same link, I was curious about how Brazilian chanteuse Astrud Gilberto would interpret "It Might As Well Be Spring", backed by the renowned Stan Getz and his orchestra, and frankly was slightly underwhelmed. Granted, English is not her native tongue, but IMO, her plodding, low-energy, almost drowsy Bossa Nova-style rendition could almost put the listener to sleep. I realize she was an internationally recognized jazz giant in her day, but perhaps sticking to something like "The Girl From Ipanema" is more her style. Just my opinion.

Having grown up back east in Toronto, Canada, often enduring some pretty miserable, and lengthly winters, we Ontarions always eagerly looked forward to those typical harbingers of spring----the crocuses first poking up their yellow heads, the daffodils' and paper whites' initial blooms, and of course, the arrival of robin-red-breast. The early bird DOES get that worm. HA!

Having lived in L.A. for thirty-plus years now, Southern Californians' spring is marked by the start of Dodgers and Angels baseball on the heals of NCAA basketball's March Madness, and of course, those amazing cliff swallows returning, like clockwork, to Capistrano Mission down the coast....... among other welcome local seasonal markers.

Spring, for many, signifies rebirth, and personal renewal. It can be a season of reclaimed optimism, and fresh beginnings, and the prelude to those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer. (Apologies to Nat King Cole. HA!)

Ducky "A Man for All Seasons" Isaksson................... PLAY BALL!

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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 john.mcintyre@baltsun.com.
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