January 9, 2012
Many blogs, including this one, allow readers to post comments. Such comments allow responses, rejoinders and further thoughts. I don’t get many, but I post most of those I receive, sometimes with a further comment of my own.
“Comment,” by the way, ultimately derives from the Latin commentum, which means invention, fabrication, fiction. Sometimes comments posted on blogs seem like that, remarks completely unhinged from the original post.
At Language Log, Geoffrey Pullam does not allow comments, and today he explains why. The whole post is worth reading, but the gist of his argument is that it isn’t the nastiness of some comments he minds, but the idiocy:
No, what I discovered a year ago was that what displeased me the most was dopiness. Asininity, dim-wittedness, doltishness, dullness, dumbness, foolishness, idiocy, nescience, witlessness, pig-ignorance, senselessness, stupidity, — to capture it in a word, the kind of sheer knuckle-dragging moronic lack-wittedness that makes you think you would rather be listening to Vogon poetry.