Oh, the Times….

Apparently the New York Times is worried that it isn’t pretentious enough:

“William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.”

No offense to the memory of the guy who Ferguson named his cat after on Clarissa Explains It All, but could you put more stupid big words into one sentence? A borderline run-on sentence? And in a lede, no less. Jeeesus.

In the same blow, the Times has won back my wayward heart with this geeky, wonderful article about the oft-forgotten semicolon.

A beautiful bit of punctuation. Please accept from me (apologies to Salinger) this unpretentious bouquet of late-blooming semicolons:
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