August 21, 2011

Doubling Up

Iconoclast: when used of another person, typically a polite way of saying "boringly persistent monomaniac". When used as a self-description, doubly so (except the politeness is replaced by smug (or even grim) incomprehension).

(Brought to mind again by the latter part of John Wilkins's My feet, my neck, my head. No, John's not my target — having met him several times in real life for enjoyable lunches (etc.) in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Sydney, he's about the last person I'd accuse of monomania — it's the grim Believers in the anti-belief movement that get my goat…).

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