Category Archives: language

  1. Righting Wrongs, Writing Wrong, and the Power of Mistakes

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    March 18, 2019 by libroshombre

    Martial arts maestro Bruce Lee wrote in his book, “Striking Thoughts,” that “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the …
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  2. Pronouns, John Wayne, and Opposites

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    November 26, 2018 by libroshombre

    Did you celebrate International Pronoun Day on October 17?  Perhaps consideration of pronouns is beneath your dignity, but even the …
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  3. Pogo, Podiums, and Pharaohs

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    October 16, 2018 by libroshombre

    “Polyphiloprogenitive” was a good descriptor for Walt Kelly, the Pogo comic strip creator, poet, and political satirist, especially when it …
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  4. Guys, Dudes, and Brodies

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    August 26, 2018 by libroshombre

      A decade ago the New York Post ran an article by Jasmine Williams titled “Steve Brodie – Daredevil or …
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  5. 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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  6. Swearing, Cursing, and Lying to Librarians

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    August 13, 2017 by libroshombre

      You might not be surprised to learn that the famed Bodleian Library at Oxford University has a Twitter feed …
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  7. Whores, Chops, and Measles

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    August 7, 2017 by libroshombre

      In his “Histories,” Herodotus told of Psammetichus, an Egyptian king ruling around 650 BCE, who wondered what was the …
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  8. Explicating Cussing and Cussing Book Tieves

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    August 1, 2017 by libroshombre

      “Cussin’” arose the other day while discussing the differences between the terms “expletive” and explicative,” and this triggered a …
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  9. Scunners, Squeamishness, and Biting Wax Tadpoles

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    July 4, 2017 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg Hill, 4790-4344                                                            June 8, 2017 The public library’s such an endless source of unexpectedly interesting factoids. …
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  10. Humpty, Pied, and Krazy

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    May 9, 2017 by libroshombre

    Some words seem made to go together, and the ones that actually do become “portmanteaus.” A portmanteau’s a large, stiff-sided …
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