Category Archives: languages

  1. Bodacious, Babylon, and Glottophobia

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    February 22, 2019 by libroshombre

    Bodacious, the legendary bucking bull in the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Hall of Fame, brings many associations to mind, including …
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  2. Wang Yi, Mr. T and Carrie

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    January 9, 2017 by libroshombre

      Commands shouted out by the Mr.T In Your Pocket (“Six Helluva Tough Guy Sayings; ‘It’s My real Voice, Fool!’”), …
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  3. 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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  4. Dominant Languages, Oldest Libraries, and the Brain Atlas

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    May 31, 2016 by libroshombre

    “One does not inhabit a country,” the Romanian philosopher Emile Cioran once pointed out, “one inhabits a language. That is …
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  5. Lester Young, Sensory Metaphors, and Air Conditioning

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    February 9, 2016 by libroshombre

      If you haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie, you’re not very cool. If you don’t know Marc Okrand, …
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  6. Old Wives Tales, Malarkey, and the OED

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    September 25, 2014 by libroshombre

    “Do Blue Sheets Bring Babies? The Truth Behind Old Wives’ Tales,” by Thomas Craughwell, was a Gulliver’s used-book purchase I …
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