I say persona, he says personum?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Nov 18 21:27:14 UTC 2007

Joe Klein ("a columnist for Time magazine and the author, most
recently, of 'Politics Lost'") writes:

"Hunter Thompson was always much more, and sometimes a bit less, than
the sum of his ribald public persona."

I suppose he might have written "totality", but for me "sum" requires
a plural.  Perhaps his next book should be "Plurals Lost".

The New York Times Book Review, Nov. 18, 15/1.


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