The route to arrive at the name of this publication was long and tortured – and in some ways driven by URL availability … you can tell that when you realize that we are @ .co not @.com – they are another thing entirely … well not exactly entirely …
It is in all honesty rather a nice site, with wit and observations about things that drive that particular gentleman crazy. Trust me – they typically drive this chap crazy aswell.
And of course the wonderful Alec Baldwin podcast ‘Here’s The Thing’, Well worth a listen.
But to the point …
Turns out that the OED has refined its definition of the word ‘Thing’. I know – right? As Quartz has it
A thing wasn’t always “a thing,” until the Oxford English Dictionary made it one.
… going on to point out what ‘we in the know’ already know … that a thing is ..
“defined as ‘a genuine or established phenomenon or practice’, and is often used in questions conveying surprise or incredulity, such as ‘is that even a thing?’
All good stuff – but as I wrote this – my mind wandered (I put it down to age) … but then my Mother would remind me of the school reports where it reads (I paraphrase) “Little Johnny needs to spend more time focussed on his work and less time day-dreaming”. So it is obviously coursing through the veins.
Of course – it all started with rather a famous video clip from our ‘godfather of another thing’ …