Friday, September 10, 2004

Random Thought

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is one of my favorite children's books. I checked the audio version out of the library (audio books are the only way I get anything read anymore, with kids and all) and I came across a passage that, when revisited in 2004, just jumped out at me like it hadn't before:

“Step right up, step right up — fancy, best-quality words right here,” announced one man in a booming voice… .

“Maybe if I buy some I can learn how to use them,” said Milo eagerly as he began to pick through the words in the stall. Finally he chose three which looked particularly good to him — “quagmire,” “flabbergast,” and “upholstery.” He had no idea what they meant, but they looked very grand and elegant. [emphasis added]
Reminds me of the mainstream media for some odd reason.

UPDATE: The Horrible Hopping Hindsight reminds me of Kerry...