Balder and dash

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“He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of tosh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash.”

H.L. Mencken on the prose of Warren Harding, quoted by Michael Dirda in this Washington Post article about Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor, which sounds like a great present for a bookish friend.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/what-does-this-remind-you-of-a-compendium-of-metaphors-can-help/2016/04/20/5e2fce82-0255-11e6-b823-707c79ce3504_story.html?tid=ss_mail

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