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Posted by Dhm on May 22, 2004

In Reply to: Dodge posted by ESC on May 22, 2004

: : : Safire writes "...those of us in the pencil dodge should resist the abuse of background." Safire is a journalist, columnist, a writer. So presumably we can assume what he means by "pencil dodge" but it new to me.

: : : Any comments?

: : None of the online dictionaries had this meaning. But "dodge" can mean a person's "game" or way of making a living.

: I found it in the InfoPlease dictionary. Dodge = Slang: a business, profession, or occupation.

It's a great phrase by the way. It combines self-deprecating irony with a jolt of metonymy. It really gets my seratonin pumping at this early hour.