N00bs will have to pay attention, for I’m adding two new Official Website Terms™ to the argot used on this website. One has already come into use, and both are pejorative. I’ll be using them from time to time, so best get up to speed now.
“Can’t spot the nightjar”: People too blind to see what’s right before their eyes.
“What a very stupid salad”: Someone who says something that is unspeakably moronic. This phrase comes from David Bentley Hart’s article on Adam Gopnik, in which Hart writes the following words that, he think, constitute a definitive takedown of Gopnik:
Did Gopnik bother to read what he was writing there? I ask only because it is so colossally silly. If my dog were to utter such words, I should be deeply disappointed in my dog’s powers of reasoning. If my salad at lunch were suddenly to deliver itself of such an opinion, my only thought would be “What a very stupid salad.”
As one reader noted, if your salad at lunch were suddenly to start expatiating about the nature of God, your first reaction would certainly be “WTF: My salad is talking!” Hart’s thoughts are clearly very limited.
And of course Hart himself instantiates both of these phrases.