“Maureen Dowd finds the lightning bug,” Scott Johnson writes at Power Line:
Mark Twain famously observed: â€śThe difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matterâ€“itâ€™s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.â€ť
Maureen Dowd presents as tomorrowâ€™s Exhibit A. She happened onto the lightning bug in her New York Times column â€śDems in distress.â€ť Referring to the Democratsâ€™ current panic as a crisis of confidence in President Obama, Dowd writes: â€śItâ€™s not just congressional Democrats who are kvellingâ€ť (donâ€™t spellcheck me, bro).
My grandparents were native Yiddish speakers, so I happen to know that â€śkvellingâ€ť means â€śtaking pride in.â€ť
Entirely coincidentally, as Salon further descends into 24/7 race-obsessed tribalism, one of their writers asks, “How did Irish Americans get so disgusting?” (Link safe; goes to Twitchy.) Perhaps Salon will amend the article to kvetch about their fellow leftist’s white bread provincialism, but I’m not holding my breath.