Category Archives: etymology

  1. OLLI, Yancey, and X

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    May 3, 2017 by libroshombre

      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), one of Fairbanks’ intellectual jewels like our public library, offers a wide array …
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  2. Writers, Editors, and Mean Parrots

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    October 31, 2016 by libroshombre

      Stephen Ambrose, author of “Band of Brothers” and “Undaunted Courage,” once noticed that, “There are many more want-to-be writers …
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  3. 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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  4. OMG, Dord, and Circumflex Perplexion

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    February 23, 2016 by libroshombre

      Sometimes lawlessness works. Compare the practically unfettered, free-for-all English language with the highly-regulated French language. New words enter English …
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  5. Little Words, Ngrams, and Emoji

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    July 7, 2015 by libroshombre

    “It’s the little details that are vital,” according to legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who added, “Little things make …
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  6. Pronouncing, Vocabulary Building, and Murals

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    July 3, 2015 by libroshombre

    “Pronunciation Errors That Changed Modern English” was a fascinating TheGuardian.com article posted by David Shariatmadari in 2014. He noted that …
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  7. Ultraconserved Words, Sweet Peltrichor, and Short-Sighted Leaders

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    April 20, 2015 by libroshombre

    Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum once said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love.” If so, we must …
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