The technical term for it is "negative feedback loop."
Romance is not ruffly pornography dressed in appealing fashion
And dropped into well-worn time periods so that the plebeian readership can
Thank you for your attention. Bonaparte's history was a romance,
And he one of the most romantic of men,
"Swallowing the ground" at the rate of thirty, forty, sixty miles an hour.
Later, no doubt, we'll blame those ungrateful Iraqis and then
We'll declare victory,
Constantly correcting the speech of others
With an obligatory They Might Be Giants reference.