Appropriate ignorance

Last week on You Don't Say, John McIntyre used a great quote and an interesting word while talking about some favorite writing and some low-brow abuse that was heaped upon him by commenters from another Web site:

I’ve been quoting Mencken since high school, and in light of the past week’s brouhaha over The Web Site That shall Not Be Named, this seemed apposite: “Here [in the United States] the general average of intelligence, of knowledge, of competence, of integrity, of self-respect, of honor is so low that any man who knows his trade, does not fear ghosts, has read fifty good books, and practices the common decencies stands out as brilliantly as a wart on a bald head, and is thrown willy-nilly into a meager and exclusive aristocracy.”

Apposite means "strikingly appropriate and relevant," according to American Heritage Dictionary. It comes from the Latin appositus, the past participle of apponere, meaning to put near.