Syntax evasion

Whoever writes these top-of-the-front-page blurbs for the Oklahoman must be relying on a Random Phrase Generator of some sort:

Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio from the Oklahoman 11-11-11

A “fact-based person”? The official position of Hollywood, spiritual home of community-based reality, is that J. Edgar was a couple of electrets short of a microphone, IYKWIMAITYD.

Then again, as Ernestine once said, “There’s nothing like a Hoover when you’re dealing with dirt.” Or something like that.


  1. Jeffro »

    11 November 2011 · 11:42 pm

    “And that’s the truth – THBPBPTHPT!”

  2. McGehee »

    12 November 2011 · 9:12 am

    I have to admit, Leo’s been doing a halfway decent job playing non-pretty-boy parts. I mean sure, he couldn’t have edged out Philip Seymour Hoffman to play Truman Capote, but still…

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 November 2011 · 10:18 am

    I want to be a fiction-based person. That seems like it might be more fun. Can I be a modern Lizzie Bennet?

  4. CGHill »

    12 November 2011 · 10:25 am

    We’re certainly overrun with George Wickhams of late.

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