Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Mmm, the cozy, warm feeling one gets when an unexpected pocket of ignorance is brought hissing out into the light. Guess what I learned yesterday? Why, "czar" and "tsar" are the very same word! Little babies know this, right? Turkeys, gazing up into the rain about to drown them, they know this too? I didn't. I thought "tsar" was reserved for Russian monarchs, and "czar" indicated someone who merely headed something at a national level, like our government's drugs and AIDS czars, among others, appointed to pointlessly committeeize* intractable problems. Good grief.

*or even better, to head up "task forces". God, I love a federal task force! The velvety futility, the ecstasies of self-congratulation!


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