While out and about:
“’Cause they’re opinion-wise. Thank God! ”
What are they? Essays, I suspect (whose arguments in fact require support).
Opinion-wise reminds me of The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder, 1960), which has -wise running through it: “Premium-wise and billing-wise, we are eighteen percent ahead of last year, October-wise.” In 1960, -wise was very much in the air. From the 1959 edition of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style:
-wise. Not to be used indiscriminately as a pseudosuffix: taxwise, pricewise, marriagewise, prosewise, saltwater taffywise. Chiefly useful when it means in the manner of : clockwise. There is not a noun in the language to whichAs you might suspect from the taffy and from the dry humor of that final sentence, the entry is White’s work.
-wise cannot be added if the spirit moves one to add it. The sober writer will abstain from the use of this wild syllable.
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