“Concerns a polar bear would suffer agoraphobia after moving from a city zoo to four acres in the Highlands were unfounded.” – Agoraphobic Bear Fears ‘Allayed’; BBC News (London, UK); Oct 30, 2009.
“As the emperor Janangir began his decline in the old familiar grip of dipsomania (both his brothers had died early of drink), his wife Nur Jahan took complete charge as his proxy.” – Sunil Sethi; Jahangir’s Josephine; Outlook (New Delhi, India); Nov 27, 2000.
“In the USA, it is estimated around 10 per cent of people suffer from astraphobia to some degree.” Don White; Weatherwatch; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia); Dec 11, 2001.
“Every time Ammon Shea came across an interesting word, he jotted it down, desperate to avoid onomatomania.” – Nicole Martin; The Last Word; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 4, 2008.
“I’m not a prude, by any means, but with all her talent, Mariah Carey doesn’t need to use her bodacious bod to garner attention.” – Candace Hammond; TV News is Front and Center; Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Massachusetts); Nov 6, 2009.
“A quantum jump in the volume of traffic has made major snarls on the capital’s periphery a routine affair for commuters.” – Dipak Kumar Dash; New Roadmap; The Times of India (New Delhi); Nov 7, 2009.
“There are few models around the world of coup plotters who have succeeded as civilian administrators. This is in part because dictators invariably begin to believe the sycophants who gather around them.” – The Savior Fantasy; The Washington Post; Oct 20, 1999.
“It was a movement that required the meticulous precision of a master surgeon.” – George Pelletier; A Christmas Story in Two Parts Eggnog; Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire); Dec 24, 2009.
“Qantas’s budget airline Jetstar has thrown down the gauntlet to other no-frills airlines by adding an extra 700,000 seats with discounted fares.” – Andrew Heasley; Jetstar Ramps Up Discount War; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Dec 10, 2009.
“We had to run the gauntlet of well-financed and powerful opposition to secure the assets for the future of the game and our new league,” said AF1 board member William Niro.” – Arena Football One completes purchase of AFL assets; The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, California); Dec 21, 2009.
“The first thing that strikes the listeners is the grotesque and parodic transformation of the habitual musical idioms, … devoid of any shade of elevation and enthusiasm inherent in oratorical declarations, as if an imaginary hero, invisibly assuming a cothurnal pose, is just going to make faces and put out his tongue at the public.” – V. Tsenova; Underground Music from the Former USSR; Routledge; 1998.
“The judge said that the complaint, if true, would show BankAtlantic’s executives acted with scienter — the intent or knowledge of wrongdoing that’s the key to a plaintiff’s argument in a class action complaint.” – Brian Bandell; Judge Lets Class Action Suit Proceed Against BankAtlantic Bancorp; South Florida Business Journal; May 22, 2009.
“Tom Stoppard said, apropos of his play Arcadia, that there were some works that made a playwright feel not so much proud as lucky.” – Alastair Macaulay; When Death (That Bowler-Hatted Gent) Comes Calling in Dreams; The New York Times; Mar 6, 2008.
“In the Radio Times interview, Eileen Atkins’s comments seemed to arrive apropos of nothing.” – Katy Guest; Ladettes, Feminists and a Dame; Independent on Sunday (London, UK); Aug 3, 2008.
“The choreographer, videlicet Victor Kabaniaev, received formal training in Russia and has created more than 40 dance and ballet works.” – Jeffrey R. Smith; A Jaw-Dropping Dracul at The Crucible; Alameda Sun (California); Jan 15, 2009.
“In 1902, the Wanganui Herald reported that the mayor had proposed ‘to have the name of our town spelt correctly – viz, by reinstating the letter h, making it Whanganui in accordance with its original name and meaning.'” – One Little Letter Means So Much; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Sep 18, 2009.
“The guest curator is Dr David Starkey. He explains the first exhibit — the Earl of Pembroke on a charger, both man and horse cap-a-pie in full armour.” – Guy Liardet; Flesh and Blood of a Virgin Queen; The Times (London, UK); May 1, 2003.
“In a cascade of thanks, C.S. Richardson bows gracefully to all those elegant Londoners, full of savoir faire.” – Peter Wells; The A to Z of Life; New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Jul 7, 2008.
“Not every item is a chef d’oeuvre: The Surrealists loved to create collages from trivial snapshots.” – Jorg von Uthmann; Kinky Dolls, Glass Tears Adorn Surrealist Photo Show; Bloomberg; Oct 29, 2009.
“Diaghilev was always happy to trample on the feelings of his colleagues if he thought that the outcome merited it and at different times we see Fokine, Benois, Bakst, and Nijinsky all desolated by jealousy and injured amour-propre.” – Luke Jennings; A Tyrannical Genius; The Observer (London, UK); Oct 25, 2009.
“There is something frustratingly schematic about the characters … periphrastic leader writer set against a reporter who speaks mostly in grunts and sighs.” – Charles Spencer; Alphabetical Order, Hampstead Theatre; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Apr 22, 2009.
“Some people are annoyed by the errors they find in others’ choice of grammar or selection of vocabulary. To these guardians of language, there are few more egregious slip-ups (slips-up?) than … to utilize an inflectional, rather than a periphrastic.” – Ammon Shea; Error-Proof; The New York Times; Sep 28, 2009.
“But rather, simply the two most beautiful words in the language (let’s face it, epanorthosis is my million-dollar baby).” – Michael Brodsky; We Can Report Them; Thunder’s Mouth Press; 1999.
“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.” – David Brinkley
“I tell her, ‘All your life you were afraid to talk.’ I don’t want to live that way.” – Sergei Kanev, an investigative reporter in Russia, on his mother’s warning that his job is too dangerous.
“Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable?” – Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)
“I had four towels and six gloves for my guy.” – Mark Urbanek, the caddie for Charlie Wi at the United States Open, which was suspended for rain.