World rocked, film at 11

For years I’ve been griping about the term “meteoric rise,” usually while noting that meteors, when we see them, aren’t rising at all: generally, they’re plummeting.

I made the mistake of dropping that bit of shtick on the lovely and talented Tabitha St. Germain, and was paid back thusly by a third party:

meteorism in the medical sense: accumulation of gas in the abdomen or the intestine, usually with distension

I was, of course, aghast. It occurred to me to suggest that as a general rule, there wasn’t much vertical propulsion involved with that particular condition, but at that point, I was already doing some plummeting of my own.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    23 March 2013 · 8:14 pm

    There isn’t much about that kind of rise to recommend it, unless one likes getting baked.

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