Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Somebody Please Stick a Toothpick in J. Freedom du Lac

Pet peeve time! What is annoying in regular bloggers is almost infuriating in the pages of the venerable (LOL) Washington Post. From this morning's review of the new Madonna album:

It is not yet time to stick a fork in Madonna. The grande dame of pop isn't done just yet.

Noooo! Mr. du Lac, I've been through this before, but I guess you totally missed it! The origin of this annoyingly incorrect metaphor is, as I'm sure you know, from cooking. When baking, do you stick a fork in something when it's done? No, you stick a fork in something to see if it's done. So if you're pretty sure something isn't done, there's no need for wanton fork sticking, see? And if you're not sure if something/someone is done, well, stick away! This would have been the clever way to start your little Madonna review:

I just stuck a fork in Madonna, and OMG, guess what? It turns out she's not done!

You're welcome. We'll now resume watching Condi's hairdo.

UPDATE! I've had a delightful email interchange with Mr. du Lac. I won't post it here, but I will say that he's obviously a good guy, charming, and has a great sense of humor. Cheers to you!


Anonymous said...

Oh, let's stick a fork in her anyway. Better yet, a pitchfork. No - a tuning fork.

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

That's the spirit.

Madduane said...

But, once it's done, don't you stick a fork in to start eating?

But I agree, let's stick a fork in Madonna, either way.

Anonymous said...

I always use a toothpick to see if my cakes are done. I think that people think it's from a roast because when the roast is done you stick on of those big two pronged forks in it to pull it out of the pan and onto the cutting board.

I like Madonna. I liked her when I was in school and I like her now. She's a hoot!!!

John said...

I'm just tickled by the idea of someone named J. Freedom du Lac!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Well, yeah, John, that goes without saying.