Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Syzygy Post Obitum

I find myself ensorceled by Eugene Ehrlich, who died last week at age 85.

Mr. Ehrlich was the author of The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate and many other works. He spoke several languages, and enjoyed helping Americans learn how to speak their own with a modicum of sesquipedalianism. His mission was to enlighten, not to obnubilate.

And though he corrected a family member's grammar on his deathbed, he managed to stay married for 60 years. He thus earns my approbation.

He lived a long life. But I wonder if having a president who mercilessly tortures the English language hastened his demise.

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