I never noticed Yelp had ratings on churches. Fascinating. I was Googling St. Patrick's Old Cathedral — which is in Little Italy in New York, prompting one Yelpist to say "it's funny when the patron saint of another country is in the wrong ethnic neighborhood." She gives 4-and-a-half stars, and perhaps that half-star deduction is for ethnicity mismatching.
I was Googling on the occasion of Alec Baldwin's wedding, which the Daily Mail has celebrated with an array of photographs of quite a few remarkably unattractive celebrities. Remember when "Baldwin" was slang — in that movie "Clueless" — for a really cute guy: "Okay, okay, so he is kind of a Baldwin." This is no longer apt.
A comment at the Daily Mail: "A bizarre looking lot. And why do churches allow themselves to be used as mere props for nincompoops who only regard them as a backdrop?"
I was Googling to try to get a closer look at the painting above the altar depicting Jesus floating above an open tomb. Ah, here's the lovely website for the cathedral. Here's a recent NYT article about it, noting that the area isn't so much "Little Italy" anymore:
"In recent years, the area has been transformed by the arrival of fancy boutiques, specialty shops, multi-million-dollar apartments and, from [the] perspective [of Msgr. Donald Sakano], a new generation of souls.Hipster souls... and flaccid celebrity souls... including Woody Allen's soul and Robert Kennedy Jr.'s soul. Souls galore. Just waiting for salvation.
“Now we are surrounded by young people,” Monsignor Sakano said. “It’s a young, vibrant, trendy area.”
Is "flaccid" the right word or does it make you think only of genitalia? The OED definition is: "Wanting in stiffness, hanging or lying loose or in wrinkles; limber, limp; flabby." That — and the following examples — makes me it is the right word:
1620 T. Venner Via Recta v. 87 The one it maketh flaccide, and the other subiect to putrefaction.My favorite phrase there is "flaccid whitey-brown shirt collar." If only I could write more like Thackeray! There were some flaccid whitey-brown folks at the Baldwin wedding.
1660 R. Boyle New Exper. Physico-mechanicall iv. 46 The sides of the Bladder grew flaccid.
1705 F. Fuller Medicina Gymnastica 37 Yet are the Muscles not Flaccid, but Tense and Firm.
1751 Johnson Rambler No. 117. ⁋8 The flaccid sides of a football.
1848 Thackeray Bk. Snobs in Wks. IX. 385 His double chin over his flaccid whitey-brown shirt collar.
1848 Thackeray Vanity Fair lxi. 554 The flaccid children within.
1879 J. A. Froude Cæsar xv. 234 His hair moist, his eyes heavy, his cheeks flaccid.
But the OED says "flaccid" is "Chiefly of flesh and similar structures: rarely of a person." Rarely. It was a rare occasion. A wedding. A wedding attended by many conspicuously divorced persons... including the groom... a bloated 54-year-old man, a Baldwin, marrying a 28-year-old woman named Hilaria.
In ancient Rome, Hilaria were "festivals celebrated on the vernal equinox to honor Cybele." It's a plural noun, really. Not that many names for individuals are plural, but a young woman may have many dimensions. In marrying a man, however, she is one of the two who become one.
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.