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Opening Arguments

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

The Indiana State University basketball team fell 61057 to the University of Northern Iowa, and this is the headline they put on the story:

Still close, still no cigar for ISU men against UNI

Shocking. Isn't "close but no cigar" the kind of expression that should be banned today? We now know that, in addition to secondhand smoke, there is such a thing as "thirdhand smoke," particles that can cling to clothes then break away years later to devaste unsuspecting entire cities. Isn't there such a thing as fourthhand smoke? That would be cultural references, such as people seen smoking and enjoying themselves in films on and on TV shows, giving impressionable dolts the wrong idea, and careless use of the language such as today's headline.


Tue, 02/03/2009 - 7:40pm

Ah yes, "thirdhand smoke" . . . I remember it well. Read my take on the subject here: