I'm a big fan of "A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg", which arrives daily in my e-mail box. I've found it informative and entertaining, and I've had several of my comments published in AWADmail, the weekly compendium of feedback from the week's run of words. Anu Garg quite deservedly calls himself a wordsmith, and I consider myself one also.
But I'm growing quite weary of Anu Garg injecting -- albeit subtly -- his politics into it. He's done so on numerous occasions.
Last week, remarking on his recent travels to Norway, he gratuitously (and erroneously) pointed out that the mass-murder of 77 there in July of 2011 was the work of "a right-wing gunman", even though the killer has been revealed as a neo-Nazi, and Nazism is a Socialist (and therefore anything but "right-wing") movement.
Now comes today's A.Word.A.Day, introducing "corpus delicti", the first of a week's worth of words and terms that come from Latin. But look at Anu Garg's first two sentences (which I've set in italics for emphasis) and tell me what his subtext is so very cleverly trying to convey.
A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
Latin is the preferred language of the Vatican, but don't hold it against the language. It had no say in the matter.
A language never hurt little kids, if you don't count all the schoolchildren who had to memorize all those "amo amas amat" conjugations.
I'm not Catholic, but I think I have a keen eye for smug cheap shots at the Catholic Church and its child abuse scandals. And I wish Anu Garg would just stick to etymology, pronunciation and usage, and leave out the David Letterman-esque humor.