Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Jan 20 16:16:32 UTC 2013

At 1/20/2013 09:13 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>A bald-pated academic with rimless glasses and a measured, Ivy League
>manner tells Candy Crowley that he hopes Obama's Inaugural speech "won't be
>blowzy, out there, and timeless."
>I know it's early, but what the hell is he talking about?

Just checking on "blowzy", the OED's quotation for " 3. Coarse,
rustic" is amusing:

1851   A. Helps Compan. Solitude (1874) v. 64,   I cannot fancy the
blowsy wisdom of the country.

Perhaps by "[not] timeless" the pedant hopes it's unlike some others
of Obama's speeches, and is short.


>"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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