Man Without Qualities

Thursday, October 31, 2002

The Variety of Weevil Experiences

Ah, the weevil. There are about 40,000 species, each with its own tasty prey: pine, acorn, nut, primitive, grain, boll, seed, fungus, alfalfa, leaf-rolling, plum, ... and now Hesiod.

In the dictionary: "Weevil" ... any of a superfamily (Curculionoidea) of beetles which have the head prolonged into a more or less distinct snout and which include many that are injurious especially as larvae to nuts, fruit, and grain or to living plants...

Injurious to their prey, as with: 'Hesiod' has finally learned to edit his spelling. His archives seem to be hosed, but one of his posts last week was only up for three days before he fixed the first word of the title: for 'THW' it now reads 'THE'. Rather like what Mary McCarthy said of Lillian Hellmann, every word 'Hesiod' writes is botched, even 'amd' and 'thw'.

wee·vily or wee·vil·ly is the adjective form!

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