Why Colonel Sartoris?

Allow me to explain the puzzling title. Colonel Sartoris is William Faulkner's greatest character. He exemplifies those values that his society cherishes, namely tradition, patriarchy, courtliness, and courage. Though modernity's slow march tries to strip him of these things, Sartoris continues to live as he always has, knowing that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." He seeks order in the honorable folkways and mores of his forbears. Let us not forget his example.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"Point person?"

This from the New York Times: "Mr. Wisner, who consulted closely with the White House, is expected to be the point person dealing with Mr. Mubarak as the situation evolves, and perhaps as the administration’s message hardens."

When did "pointMAN" fall out of style?  Does the inclusion of "man" so offend as to dictate a change in over a hundred years of usage?  Is  "Fore-person" or perhaps "right hand person" next?  Good gosh.

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