Category Archives: language

  1. Tolerance, Trousers, and Egyptian Bar Jokes

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                International Tolerance Day won’t roll around until November 16, but it’s increasingly obvious we ought to celebrate “sympathy or …
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  2. Stout, Seuss, and the Bible

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    April 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                In “A History of Reading,” Alberto Manguel wrote, “At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of …
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  3. Inventors, Scientists, and WorldCat

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    April 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                You won’t find me arguing with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s claim that “One must be an inventor to read well. …
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  4. Conspiracies, Communications, and Truth Sandwiches

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    April 29, 2021 by libroshombre

                LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg Hill, 479-4344                                                                          April 29, 2021             Michelle Cottle, a member of the NYTimes editorial board, …
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  5. (Description, Prescription, and WTF Awards)

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    March 18, 2021 by libroshombre

                The differences between the Biden administration and Trump’s are manifold, but among the more glaring is their approach to …
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  6. Stupid Thorns and Sassy Emoticons

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    February 18, 2021 by libroshombre

                Old BBC Britcoms provides excellent escape from the pandemic to carefree, less restrictive times for my cellmate and me.  …
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  7. Splogs, Abjads, and Con Nags

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    November 23, 2020 by libroshombre

                Intriguing words popped up this week, namely “splog,” “lox,” “abjad,” and “nom sang.”  My mom sprang splog on us …
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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