Defined, for The Uninitiated

For readers new to these pages, "Non-Anom" is short for "Non-Anomaly." When the QBL first began pointing out breathtakingly queer labels, she considered calling them "Label Anomalies." But since "anomaly" is defined as "a departure from the regular arrangement, general rule, or regular practice," and the QBL holds that pesticide labels seem to follow NO general rules or practices, she has dubbed this dubious distinction "Non-Anomaly," or "Non-Anom."

More background on the QBL and the Non-Anoms can be found in the May 2000 issue (No. 169), "If I Were the Queen of Labels," and the July 2000 issue (No. 171), "QBL II."