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This is not so much a breakthrough as a slight crack in the paintwork, but at the height of silly season this is exactly the kind of seemingly insignificant (and probably, actually, insignificant) development that provokes widespread hysteria.
With much of the field still unsettled, silly season will likely extend beyond this weekend.
With much of the field still unsettled, silly season will likely extend beyond Sonoma.
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Silly season was coined in the mid-19th century to describe the time when journalists face a bit of a conundrum: Washington is on summer break and European governments are on vacation, but the columns of space newspapers typically devote to politics must still be filled - hence stories about beating the heat and how celebrities are also managing to do so. The idea is comical, really, since there's always something going on somewhere. P.G. Wodehouse understood the absurdity inherent in the term when he wrote in his 1909 comic novel, The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved English, "It was inevitable, in the height of the Silly Season, that such a topic as the simultaneous invasion of Great Britain by nine foreign powers should be seized upon by the press." Inevitable indeed.
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