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Yachtsmen, Jackasses, and More

In today’s Impromptus, I begin with Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. I proceed to Roy Moore and Vladimir Putin. I continue with the NFL. And so on.

In Friday’s Impromptus, I published a note from Richard Brookhiser, concerning auto-correct. He had been writing about Vyacheslav Molotov, the Old Bolshevik. Auto-correct wanted to change Molotov’s first name to “Yachtsman.” Rick commented, “A little bourgeois, comrade.”

Mike Brown, the editor of the Rockdale Reporter in Texas, tells me this:

We had a county commissioner here who served 24 years. Real good guy, Dale Jaecks. Naturally, I wrote his name a lot. And SpellCheck always wanted to change “Jaecks” to “Jackass.”

I told him that one time. He said, “I imagine there are some people in my precinct who would agree with that.”

I am told that SpellCheck wants to change “Nordlinger” to “Nondrinker” and “Mudslinger.” Heh.

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