Salad in the Morning?
March 6, 2007
Saw this in the times today. It appears that there is now a contest for regular readers of Yesterday’s Salad to quiz each other on their vocabulary intake, and it’s even being broadcast by GSN. I’m glad there is finally a forum to recognize voluminous verbosity, but I wonder if it is only virtuating [obs. trans. To render efficacious; to invest with a particular virtue or quality], kitsch, or perhaps fetishizing intellectual acumen for entertainment purposes. I’m also angered by its exclusion of obs and nonce-words. It’s not like any of these words can really be called vernacular, anyway. Overall, the contest is clearly not as cool as–and obviously a rip-off of– the National Spelling Bee. Oh well, at least it gave mayor Bloomberg another chance to shine, as he managed to drop “coruscating” in reference to the contestants. Obviously I don’t need to include a definition…
Care of hashbrownsandtoast care of Ivygate comes this link to a blog a cut above the rest (non-Yesterday’s Salad edition). Elm Rock City is a blog after my own heart, focusing on literary theory and the actual analysis of literature (we usually only apply theory to American low culture). Ms. Rock-City’s (lo the joys of modern marriage) current post is an interesting example of excavating why we love what we love. I’ve done that a bunch of times at the Salad, my favorite being my impromptu analysis of the first sentence of The Crying of Lot 49.
And lastly, as I should really be working on my French right now, virgin-vacations recently posted their ranking of the top-11 Metro systems. While it’s sure not to cause any controversy, the new rankings did drop Seoul from the top-5 in favor of Madrid. Perhaps Orientalism–and its paternalistic Occidental counterpart–is alive and well at Virgin. A lot of cool photos and videos.