Tuesdays with Moron: Chatological Humor Update (July 9, 2013)

Jul 09, 2013

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Greetings, update readers.

First, I have been asked by The Post to alert you to my new Personality Page, which is here, and which apparently allows you to quickly access more or less anything and everything I've ever done for The Post, for better or for worse. The truth is, I have always feared something like this.

In Albany, New York, in the still-surviving morgue of the now-defunct Albany Knickerbocker News, for example, there will be yellowed clippings documenting my oeuvre for the years 1972-1976, when I was in my early 20s and churning out daily stories about city government that reflected an astonishingly callow worldview, and a suspect command of English.

I am convinced that one reason I have not reached, nor will I ever reach, the sort of fame achieved by, say, Saul Bellow, is that I have subconsciously sabotaged my own career so that I would never ever be the sort of person about whom biographies are written, meaning these old files would be read again by someone Trying to Make a Point.

Here's how bad I know it to be: In my early years as a writer, I liked using the word "nonplussed." The only problem is, I thought it meant "calm," or "unperturbed," which is how I habitually used it, whereas it in fact has a slightly different meaning: "not calm" or "perturbed." So.


So have at it, but be forewarned.

The remainder of this update is the simple poll, based on the halfway point in the fascinating trial of George Zimmerman. Click here to take the poll questions and see what other readers thought.

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Gene Weingarten is the humor writer for The Washington Post. His column, Below the Beltway, has appeared weekly in the Post's Sunday magazine since July 2000 and has been distributed nationwide on The Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
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