Wordplay, 3/22/23

“Import substitution” — the heinous crime of a wretched, ungrateful colony producing goods the colonizers wanted to sell it. (H/T Edward Goldsmith, Development As Colonialism)

As a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who lacks sense.

Proverbs 11:22

An author’s first duty is to let down his country.

Brendan Behan in The Economist The world in brief for March 20, 2023

When people talk about “the kind of worship I like” (or similar sentiments, whatever the words), what in the world do they mean? Do they think that worship is primarily to please themselves? What kind of god, then, do they “worship”?

Why is “you’re not photogenic” an insult while “your pictures don’t do you justice” is a compliment? (H/T Kevin D. Williamson)

For all its piety and fervor, today’s United States needs to be recognized for what it really is: not a Christian country, but a nation of heretics.

Ross Douthat, Bad Religion

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