Education: Two-Minute Lesson

Manhattan's tabloid News educates more people—and knows it—than any college in the country. For one thing, its single editorial column is written in a hoarse, impudent lingo that every one of its readers (2,275,000 on weekdays and 4,375,000 on Sundays) can understand. One day this week the News's editorial headline bazooed: IT AIN'T THE LENGTH, IT'S THE OBSCURITY. The News was barking in sidewalk scholars for a two-minute lesson on the use of the English language.

Some reader, it seemed, had yapped that the News, which loves to scoff at "big $7 words," had itself been guilty lately of such windy words...

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