WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Washington makes words. Where other cities have the fertilizer plant or the rubber industry or more artichoke farmers per square mile than any place else in America, Washington has the open mouth. The Washington climate is such that one word planted just about anywhere can grow into a filibuster. Dense, wild verbiage patches proliferate along the edge of the Potomac and are available to anyone in the Washington area. They grow year-round and replenish themselves as they're picked, reaching maturity in a matter of hours. Ripe verbiage is dry and fuzzy and usually stands about 10 feet tall.
Susan Trausch, American journalist, The Record, 1986
Posted on June 9, 2000 at 5:15 PM