August 5, 2012

How's your optimismalso? (Is that like machismo?)

So I got distracted reading Charles Lane's book review in the Washington Post of Brian Z. Tamanaha's "Failing Law Schools." It begins like this:
In “Broadway Danny Rose,” Woody Allen plays a theatrical agent forever looking on the bright side of his clients’ sorry careers. Don’t worry, he tells a washed-up lounge singer, “you’re the kinda guy that will always make a beautiful dollar in this business.”

For the past generation or so, Danny Rose’s optimismalso applied to anyone with a law degree. Lawyering might be disappointingly tedious, but at least it was remunerative enough to justify investing thousands of dollars in tuition....
Optimismalso? Presumably, that's pronounced op-TEASE-mall-so op-ti-MEESE-mal-so. How's you optimismalso as you approach the fall semester?

Optimismalso, n.
Etymology: <classical Latin optimus best  + -ismo -ism suffix.

The quality of being showily optimistic; pollyannaishness; strutting over-confidence.
The lawyer's optimismalso entertained the jurors, who proceeded to convict his obviously guilty client.

The admissions committee laughed at the unnecessary optimismalso in the personal statement from the applicant with LSAT score 2 points above the target median.

At 1L orientation, the new students worried about the dean's display of optimismalso.
The opposite of optimismalso is peptobismolso.

17 comments:

madAsHell said...

Parsing syllables to find the authors intent?? I'm purdy sho that indicates the author has failed.

MayBee said...

Your "TEASE" syllable ignores an m.

op-tee-MEES-mall-so

FleetUSA said...

I enjoyed the opposite: peptobismolso

It takes the optimists to move us forward and dream for a better day (after Nov 6).

Carnifex said...

I looked up optismimalso in the dictionary and found AP's photograph. Right above GM's.

edutcher said...

What fleet said, but every once in a while we all are Optimismalso, the way the trolls are these days.

Ann Althouse said...

"Your "TEASE" syllable ignores an m."

Oops.

Fixed it. Added a link too. Thanks for the prompt.

Carnifex said...

Ps
Alex was next to peptobismalso.

:-)

WV: "augputa"=spanish summer whore?

From Inwood said...

For the past generation or so, Democrat voter’s Hope'nChangeimismalso applied to anyone with a useles university degree.

From Inwood said...

Um, speaking of typos, make that "useless"

Nichevo said...

Wow, what a stupid post. Only possible value is to note that the WaPo made, or let pass, a typo, and to search for meaning in their decline. Riffing from typo to pepto? You must have the attention span of a selfish hummingbird.

traditionalguy said...

I think you are cute, Professor.

When it's laugh or cry time, I prefer to laugh.

Chip Ahoy said...

Ha! I like the peptobis one better.

Don't listen to Nichevo, he's a poopy face.

Chip Ahoy said...

The hostess doesn't riff on typos, haven't you noticed? Jeeze. She uses brackets with a sic inside them, devastating really, because it points out things to readers that would ordinarily pass them right over. I'd pass over each and every one. Those [sic] things make me go eeeeerrrk brakes stop, what? Ooof.

mdbernie said...

Thank goodness the typo did not say socialistalso, for that might have garnered more than the inordinate amount of attention focused on this onealso. Just my two centsalso.

wef said...

I'd like some of your happy juice. Also.

Nichevo said...

Poppy head maybe, Chip, but I resent poppy face. Anyway there was no sic. And I'm sic of it.

Now shut up and make a funny animated Gof or cook something. I would like a really big thick ateak or lobster. Off you go, there's a good chap.

Nichevo said...

Damn this poopy face Android keyboard!