8.12.03

JONES FEELS THAT 2+2=4. James Harrigan (via Insults Unpunished) attempts to trace the origin of the use of the verb "to feel" where a writer would at one time have used "to think." I, too, dislike the locution, and scribble caustic comments in bluebooks when I see it. I also suspect the disease has been with us somewhat longer than since the Whiney Nineties. The post heading is the title of a curmudgeonly essay from Trains magazine about weak management and little accountability that I read in the late 1960s, in the depths of the crisis of railroading.

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