As I browsed my stats, I realized that people show up here looking for "artesian bread." The entire point of the original post was that THERE'S NO SUCH THING!!! Of course, I probably buried that point in my obfustactory prose, but still, ARTESIAN BREAD DOES NOT EXIST!!!! You're not out there searching for unicorns, are you?
Artisan bread exists. It's real. It's bread made by artisans, people who practice a trade at the level of art. Under the medieval guild laws, one had to create a masterpiece to advance to the rank of artisan, so what we're talking about with artisan bread is REALLY DAMNED GOOD BREAD.
I will, of course, continue to argue that "artisan" is a noun, and therefor can't describe anything - that the term should properly be "artisanal bread." But I won't let my willingness to continue that argument distract me from my just-generally-pissed-off state that humans don't recognize what this mere dog does: there's a difference between the two words "artesian" and "artisan." Notice how the vowels are different? See it? As in "e" is not the same as "i" and "ia" is not the same as "a"? Why do you suppose that is? Could it maybe be because the two words are not identical in either orthography or definition?
Here you go:
adj : (of water) rising to the surface under internal hydrostatic pressure; "an artesian well"; "artesian pressure" [syn: flowing] [ant: subartesian]
artesian. (n.d.). WordNet® 2.0. Retrieved November 10, 2006, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/artesian
n : a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft [syn: craftsman, journeyman, artificer]
artisan. (n.d.). WordNet® 2.0. Retrieved November 10, 2006, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/artisan
Now. Can any of you help me with a definition of "overkill"?