Sunday, June 26, 2005

Complaining becomes elective

In the Sunday Times, we learn about Nic Harcourt, influential DJ for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. The name of the show is an example of what those of us in the word trade call a double remove: the title plays off of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra not once ("Morning" for "Mourning") but twice ("Eclectic" for "Electra").

We generally do not approve of this, and we know editor-types who refrain from saddling a headline with a double-remove pun. We also disapprove of "Eclectic" for "Electra"—that's a bit too wide of a variation, though it's offset somewhat by the homophony of "Morning"/"Mourning."

Worse is that there's a Saturday version of the show called Weekend Becomes Eclectic—a triple remove!

Atlas shrugged

We just woke from a dream in which it was suggested, in the pages of a mysterious atlas, that residents of the Hawaiian island of Kauai had a word that was 300,000 letters long.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

More from Rasa

"1) Re: BOGGLE, JUMBLE, SCRABBLE: When i was a tot i played with my parents' '60s-era game of SCRIBBAGE. I believe it was a Parker Bros. game.

"2) This reader's PET PEEVE: those horrible trade names so prevalent during the '90s Internet boom that stuck two words together sans letter space. I worked at a journal called OnEarth, the quarterly published by NRDC, which was supposed to be clever.

"There were so many others. can anyone think of any that were even more offensive?"

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Palindrome of the day

"Lonely Tylenol"

(Courtesy: Rasa Ming-Ozu)

String theory: a new contest!

Rasa Ming-Ozu, currently ensconced in one of this country's better artists' colonies, writes:

"Reading OUGHT MAG this afternoon, [I] was reminded of an obsessive word game [I] used to play with self [...] in 1999. [It] went like this:

Find words that one can remove one letter from and still have a word, like

STARTLING
STARLING
STARING
STRING
STING
SING
SIN
IN
I

etc."

Oughties! Can you come up with with a similar string of words, beginning with one that has at least as many letters as STARLING? We think you can!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Probably not

We were on the 6 train a couple weeks ago, during our yearly visit to New York City, and unaccountably found ourselves without anything to read. So we stared at the logos on our fellow passengers' bags. The woman to our right had a bag from a store called Barami—or was she trying to signal, in reverse, "I'm Arab"?