Onward and Upward with the Language

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, Juan van der Hamen, 17th century (Instituto Valencia de Don Juan)

Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas, by Juan van der Hamen, 17th century (Instituto Valencia de Don Juan)

I learned a new word today: “derp,” meaning “foolishness or stupidity.” Here’s the context:

So that’s why I’m a crypto skeptic. Could I be wrong? Of course. But if you want to argue that I’m wrong, please answer the question, what problem does cryptocurrency solve? Don’t just try to shout down the skeptics with a mixture of technobabble and libertarian derp.
[Paul Krugman, “Transaction Costs and Tethers: Why I’m a Crypto Skeptic,” NYTimes]

Irrelevant Postscript: I wanted to confirm my instinct not to capitalize “with” in my title. (I recalled learning not to capitalize prepositions.) I consulted the World Wide Wind. It passed the following:

“Short” words, those with less than five letters, are lowercase in titles, unless they are the first or last words.

And there we are. I’m taking language advice from a site that says “less than five letters” instead of “fewer than five letters.”

Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Onward and Upward with the Language

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    I’m quite confident you are in the top .01% of English speakers for breadth of vocabulary, in which case it’s rather amusing you didn’t know “Derp”.

    • JMN says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I don’t know how I missed “derp.” I’m sure if I keep opening my kimono, other lexical deficiencies will pop out willy nilly!

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