Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I just received a press release insisting that Harvard professor Maria Tatar "needs little introduction." Is that so? The Maria Tatar? I realized that I could add this hoary cliche to my list of least favorite language tics, e.g., "arguably," "going forward," and "I am humbled . . ."

Barack H. Obama needs no introduction. As for the rest of us, a word or two might help.
--Alex Beam, Boston Globe, on the Barack Obama exception

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