Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Scaring up votes

This is old news. But I just came across the headline recently.

I know that some newspapers can be conservative with language. But insisting on a spelling from the 15th to 18th centuries is a bit of overkill isn't it?

But wait. Remember Samantha Power's little "monster" comment?*

Maybe this is a verb form of the interjection that is usually followed by 'A mouse!'

I was eeked out by that spooky story.**
Monsters totally eek me out.**

Maybe Indiana was scared too. That laugh...

To be fair: my nieces have told me that my laugh can be scary.


* It really wasn't that bad was it? What's next? 'The M word'?
** Made-up examples. But I looked for some real examples and found a few. The use/spelling is not common but it's out there.


  1. Ah, the Exponent. I have a clipping file, and that one is in there. There's also a pic caption of some visiting professor "having a speak" with a student.

  2. It was in The Exponent too? This must have made the wire and survived several editors then.

    That must be one amusing file.


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