Category Archives: language

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Thumbs, Purring Hyoids, and Zsa Zsa Gabor

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    December 28, 2016 by libroshombre

    We should feed our cat “as much as it will eat in thirty minutes, twice a day,” says a book …
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  6. Gobbling, Garbling, and Gobbledygook

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    December 16, 2016 by libroshombre

      Why can’t we all get along? After all, every human on Earth is related. A research group at Germany’s …
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  7. Anu, Noah, and Beverly

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    December 2, 2016 by libroshombre

      The term “culprit” has been on my mind since I lost most of a recent powerpoint presentation due to …
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