Linguistic Traffic Jams and Honking Words

From “The Most Memorable Lines That Made It Into The Times This Year”:

By Jeff Giles, author, in his review of Sean Penn’s first novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”:

For every perfect, plain-spoken sentence (“It is on that couch where Bob feels safest, almost embraced”) there are dozens of linguistic traffic jams where you can almost hear the words honking at each other to get out of the way.
By Choire Sicha, Styles editor, in a Tech We’re Using column in which he describes his codependent relationship with his smartphone:

The best part of how they’ll put the phone in our heads is that when the seawaters all rise, the phone will be the last part of us to get wet.
By Kim Severson, a correspondent who covers the nation’s food culture, in her article about the people who are betting that cottage cheese is primed for a comeback:

Cottage cheese fell out of favor, and now spends its days hanging out in stodgy pint containers near the sour cream, while yogurt sprawls out across acres of the dairy case, dressed up in cute little tubes, flip tops and French glass jars.
By Taffy Brodesser-Akner, writer for Culture and the Magazine, in her article about “I, Tonya” and Tonya Harding’s struggle to tell her side of the story:

There are facts, and then there is the truth, and you can’t let one get in the way of the other or you’ll never understand what she’s trying to tell you.

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