Meanings: “Report”

September 22, 2012

For many of us, the word “report” makes the heart sink.  No I don’t want to read another report.  How boring will that be?  Who ever found a report humorous?  Uplifting? And no, I don’t want to see my report card.

Perhaps it will provide us all a little lift as we turn into fall to note this item (a report?) on an IgNobel Prize awarded Thursday at Harvard:

The only winner that did not send a representative to the ceremony was the U.S. Government General Accountability Office. It was honored with the Ig Nobel Literature Prize for issuing “a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.”

I am dying to read that report, aren’t you?  (You can read it here.)  The word “report,” by the way, has a Latin root meaning “to carry back.”

In other news, the Medicine IgNobel Prize went to Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti of France for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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