Today was the first day of my editing class at Loyola University Maryland, and one of my students knew what an en-dash is. I’m almost giddy. Here, in case you missed the preview of coming attractions, is what they heard in that first class session.
Yesterday’s word of the week, tergiversation, prompted Linda Seebach to quote a delightful double dactyl by Anthony Hecht that employs the word, and Picky to issue this invitation: “I did want to write one that starts ‘Higgledy Piggledy, John Early McIntyre, Night Content Manager, Baltimore Sun.’ But I got stuck. Can one rhyme Sun with Hon in Baltimore?”
Surely this is bait you cannot resist.
Picky also posted this comment: “Higgledy Piggledy / John Early McIntyre / wears a straw hat / and a seersucker suit:
“even a male and an / episcopalian, / blessed with a tailor, / can still look a beaut.”
Sadly, summer’s gone, seersucker and boater are put away, and the fedora makes its return engagement.