Sunday, September 18, 2005

Krugman hangs krugulant.

Byron Calame's complaint that Paul Krugman is avoiding the NY Time's publicly stated corrections policy, which as the Times' new Public Editor he has now taken public, makes it clear that it hasn't taken long for him to experience what the previous public editor, Dan Okrent, described...
I learned early on in this job that Prof. Krugman would likely be more willing to contribute to the Frist for President campaign than to acknowledge the possibility of error.

When he says he agreed “reluctantly” to one correction, he gives new meaning to the word “reluctantly”. I can’t come up with an adverb sufficient to encompass his general attitude toward substantive criticism.
OK, for a helpful adverb, how about "krugulantly"? As in...

"The Pope krugulantly denied the possibility of doctrinal error".

"Pete Rose responded krugulantly to all allegations that he had bet on baseball."

"When the wife showed me the doctor's report I thought 'hang krugulant or pay alimony for the rest of your life'. And I did until she finally bought that I'd picked it up from a toilet seat..."

"Krugulant." Did I hear that somewhere or just make it up now?

Note: A Google search reveals one prior example of the word. Rats, enough to defeat my copyright.
"the Bush administration has an infallibility complex: it never, ever, admits making a mistake. And that kind of arrogance tends, eventually, to bring disaster."
-- Paul Krugman