Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Best Reason to Read William F. Buckley, Jr.

There really is no "best" reason.  There is only one reason.  To increase one's vocabulary.  For example, Mr. Buckley has my enduring gratitude for teaching me a new word for masturbation: onanism.  According to, onanism can mean either coitus interruptus or self-stimulation to the point of orgasm.  Two bangs for one buck, as it were.  Another excellent word gleaned from Mr. Buckley's florid dissertations  is encomium, meaning: "warm, glowing praise."  Though I will never provide encomiums for the substance of Mr. Buckley's onanistic prose--I certainly will for his words.  Thank you, Mr.Buckley, for increasing my word power. 

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