Category Archives: English language

  1. Cock, Sockeye, and Lady Mondregreen

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    December 21, 2017 by libroshombre

    Pliny the Elder could have been describing current times when he declared, “The only certainty is that nothing is certain.” …
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  2. Hepburn, Thatcher, and the Great Vowel Shift

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    August 14, 2016 by libroshombre

      Katherine Hepburn once said, “To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier …
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  3. Obnubilate Zinio, Y’all

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    June 7, 2016 by libroshombre

      The words from TheAtlantic.com fell on my ears like manna in the desert: “How y’all doing? A greeting as …
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  4. Flowers, Fireflies, and Frequentatives

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    June 3, 2016 by libroshombre

    A recent visit to central Texas revealed that sensible rains have returned there after a half-decade of severe drought. The …
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  5. Dominant Languages, Oldest Libraries, and the Brain Atlas

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    May 31, 2016 by libroshombre

    “One does not inhabit a country,” the Romanian philosopher Emile Cioran once pointed out, “one inhabits a language. That is …
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  6. Stimulations, Contraction, and Boney-eared Assfish

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    April 11, 2016 by libroshombre

    Some periodicals provide close to the same serendipial stimulation browsing the shelves as a well-stocked library. But where the library’s …
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  7. Nonplussed Emojis Not My Fault

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    December 17, 2015 by libroshombre

      “Mea culpa,” or “my fault,” is probably my favorite Latin phrase; at least I use it the most. This …
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