IN PARTICULAR, BUT I’d bet you couldn’t swing a cat in here without hitting one…
Robert Heinlein, (a cat lover, it bears repeating), introduced me to that phrase — “swing a cat.” Sounds rather … off … to me, however descriptive.
He also wrote (said) this:
A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an “intellectual” — find out how he feels about astrology.
I would paraphrase that last to change “astrology” to “climate change.” I would argue that the use of the word “denier” to mean “skeptic” is a sure sign of someone who accepts authority to willingly and has not done the homework himself, but is afraid, if it were revealed that he had, he would be terminally embarrassed.
Which, when you think about it, might be entirely appropriate.