The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 30, 2012

June 30, 2012 Letters to the editor: Lynn R. Allen


After watching another round of political speeches and the usual follow-up commentary, I was left without words to describe the commentarians. So as I often do, I went to my dictionary. I did not find a listing for “television commentary,” so I looked up “pundit,” which I knew was  a synonym (a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another...”)  for what passes as news these days , (”Editorialize — to inject personal interpretatins or opinions into an otherwise factual account.) A pundit is legitmately “A person who makes comments or judgements in an authoritarian manner.” The origins are from India, which also gave us the word “brahmin” for pushy rich New Englanders.
These weren’t quite the words I was thinking of, so I pushed on to “TV Anchor,” and came up with nothing. Then I checked out “anchor” and found, “The main broadcaster... that attracts many viewers who are likely to stay tuned.” Much closer  to the words I was trying to think of. So while I was in the “A’s” I looked for an even better word to describe the commentarians who offer up their  authoritarian “wisdom” to us plebians (Members of the common people) on an every day  basis. And there it was! 
My newfound word starts with an “A” and ends with an “A hollow place.” Web ster’s defines it variably as “
An opening in the lower end of the alimentary canal,” and secondly as being. “A stupid man, or contempptible person,” or possiblyo “The worst part of a place or thing.”Souns just exactly right to me.
So stick with your dictionary, friends — it truly does contain words of wisdom!
Lynn R. Allen

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