Category Archives: language

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Patrons, Volkswagens, and Metaphors

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    January 24, 2017 by libroshombre

      The “word” of the year for 2016 is “dumpster fire,” according to the American Dialectic Society (ADS). A recent …
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