Saturday, March 24, 2007

Sticky Fingers

This week, I was planning on writing about the Airbus A380 and how it seems kind of stupid to name the newest and largest passenger airplane after something so slow and mundane as a bus. There was a time when trains were considered glamorous or romantic or whatever, and there are people today who still enjoy riding on them, but nobody ever had anything good to say about a bus. A long bus ride is probably one of the most unpleasant ways for a human being to get from point A to point B.

Then I was going to talk about the word "Airbus" itself, and compare it to recent neologisms such as "webinar" (which in addition to sounding awkward and unnatural is probably one of the most contrived joinings of two words in the English language) and "webisode" (which, in comparison, actually sounds pretty reasonable).

Finally, I was going to tie all that in somehow to my recent post about a book of uninspired and clumsy portmanteaux.

But I had too many other things to do today, including making a minor but time-consuming repair after accidentally dropping something on the floor and breaking it. As a result, I don't have the time today to write anything of the quality that you've come to expect from me. So rather than even try, I'll leave you with the simple observation that superglue sticks to nothing as well as it sticks to human fingers.