This strip is often very clever.
The precise location where the earth slips beneath the surface in an earthquake is its hypocenter (or focus) and the spot up on the surface where people feel the quake is its epicenter. Geologists get upset when people use the latter word, designating a point rather removed from the main action, as if it were a synonym of “epitome” and meant something like “most important center.” The British spell it “epicentre.”No sooner was our podcast mounted than I ran across this sentence in May 2 issue of The New Yorker:
Epigeneticists, once a subcaste of biologist nudged to the far peripheries of the discipline, now find themselves firmly at its epicenter.Here are some other recent examples in which “epicenter” is used to mean “center”:
Iowa Offers Tax Incentives In Bid To Become An Epicenter For Innovation In Bio-based MaterialsForbes
Epicenter of bad drivingSun SentinalAlthough it is not the center of an earthquake the epicenter is the spot at which the greatest damage to structures and people on the surface is likely to occur, so the last example makes a sort of sense. But the first example uses “epicenter” in a positive sense, possibly influenced by the current fad for describing desirable innovation as “disruptive.”
Only recently has the media madding crowd come around to some kind of consensus about it just being racist as hell.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/24/donald-trump-victory-nevada-caucus-voter-anger
With March sweeps coming up, I plan to retreat to the oasis of PBS, far from the madding crowd of screaming pundits, tasteless sitcoms, and disturbing crime shows—not to mention commercials. http://wvpublic.org/post/too-many-tv-choices-watch-pbs-and-chill
acting in a frenzied manner —usually used in the phrase madding crowd to denote especially the crowded world of human activity and strife <built his home far from the madding crowd
The lunch menu in the cafeteria at work is advertising “Mescaline Salad” today. I think a “mesclun vs. mescaline” entry may be warranted. A quick search of Google indicates that our cafeteria is not the only one making that mistake.
Here are some examples that pop up:
A recipe: Strawberry - Mango Mescaline Salad
A photo: Mescaline salad field
Here's a cartoon on this subject: Mesclun or Mescaline Salad
Investigators never gave up on the curious case and, three years later, released surveillance footage of a hooded man buying the winning ticket in the hopes that someone would recognize him.If he was hoping someone would identify him, why wear a hood?