Yesterday’s Salad: Bigger than Jesus? (No.)

January 9, 2008

With the advent of more Heroes Season Three traffic (hint: Sylar wins… or does he?), lo and behold, Yesterday’s Salad is once again on the up and up.  Credit also goes for the rush of readers for our Year in Pictures feature, a happy return to the consistent features that devotees of Yesterday’s Salad crave.  Which brings us to our word of the day: “lo”, or more appropriately, “lo!”

According to good old Noah Webster, “lo” is an interjection dating back to the 12th century, used to call attention or to express wonder or surprise, and it is often accompanied by its partner in crime, “[and] behold.”  In modern usage, “lo!” has a rich history, particularly as the title of a classic work on the unexplained by Charles Fort, which itself figured into a more recent work, “Chasing Vermeer” (reviewed here at YS). So too, it is easy to see where “lo!” could be better incorporated into modern usage; for instance, the film “There Will Be Blood,” adapted from Upton Sinclair’s “Oil!” could have been more simply titled “Lo! Oil!”, “Lo! Blood!”, or perhaps just “Lo!” Even this column could’ve started “Lo! With the advent of more Heroes Season Three traffic…”

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One Response to “Yesterday’s Salad: Bigger than Jesus? (No.)”

  1. dailysalad Says:

    Regular readers of the Salad are no doubt acquainted with this fine word. One could go so far as to argue that Yesterday’s Salad would not be possible t’were not for such a fine word.


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