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You Callin' Me a Snob? The History of a Word

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Alan Elsner

Today we have the wine snob, the beer snob, the cheese snob, the opera snob, the film snob and countless other varieties. One definition of the food snob that amused me is "a person who looks down on those who do not know the difference between a daube and a navarin."

Neverisms: 11 Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, Never Forget (PHOTOS)

Dr. Mardy Grothe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Dr. Mardy Grothe

And when it comes to words that command attention, nothing can beat those that are phrased according to the figure of speech known as dehortatio, which Willard R. Espy once crisply defined as "dissuasive advice given with authority."

Video Books, or Vooks: Do We Need to Watch Books as Well as Read Them?

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

It would be a sin -- practically a capital crime -- to write off masterpieces because no one has the patience for the sentences Marcel Proust had the patience to craft so scrupulously.

Nothin' From Nothin' Leaves Nothin': Levi Johnston at 19

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Levi's article is pretty dull crud. If my 19 year old had written it, I'd imagine I'd failed him somewhere. But I'd also be very unhappy if he impregnated and then deserted a young woman.