Sunday, July 31, 2005

Jeremiad was a bullfrog

Are the folks in the Metro section of The New York Times sharing a thesaurus?

Saturday, p. 1B:
James Howard Kuntsler, author of the visionary urban-planning jeremiad "The Geography of Nowhere" and the even better "Home From Nowhere," has taken to the Web in a big way.

Saturday, p. 4B:
In case you missed it, Andrew S. Grove has an article in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. ... The article, "Efficiency in the Health Care Industries," was labeled commentary, but it was more akin to a jeremiad.

I had a rough idea what it meant but looked it up anyway.

As an editor, I find odd words come sweeping through as groups. I predict I'll see jeremiad two more times in the next week, then I won't see it again for a year.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I ran across this about six months ago, and had a faint idea what it means, but had to look it up, to be sure. It helped me that it was capitalized.

The VERY next Sunday, my pastor was speaking about the Old Testament reading (from Jeremiah), and said, "that Jeremiah--he was ALWAYS predicting doom!"

I got a chuckle out of it, and everybody looked at me funny.