One of the snarkmeisters who’s affected me greatly over the years is the mysterious “Ed.” who responds to letters in Car and Driver. (How many years? Thirty-three, if I’ve counted correctly.) This one from November ’11 sent me into a protracted giggle fit. First, the aggrieved reader:
Geez, [Eddie] Alterman. Do you have to use such big words [Editor’s Letter, August 2011]? Most of us aren’t lexicographers.
Came back the reply:
After looking up “lexicographer,” I looked up “irony,” and there was a picture of me looking up “lexicographer” Ed.
You can’t get a whole lot more meta than that.
(For some reason, this particular column of Alterman’s isn’t on the C/D Web site, though I will tell you that it contains such terms as “somatic” and “self-hagiography.”)