Category Archives: manners

  1. 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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  2. Drunk Persians, Political Correctness, and Deceptive Advertising

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    November 23, 2016 by libroshombre

      Herodotus reported that the ancient Persians preferred getting drunk when deciding something important, and the next day, after sobering …
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  3. Flirting, Swearing, and Classy Curses

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    May 3, 2016 by libroshombre

      A chapter immediately piqued my interest in “From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth Century Dance,” …
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  4. Rudeness, Cakewalks, and Library Fines

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    April 13, 2016 by libroshombre

      This era of political and cultural rudeness is certainly nothing new. In the latter 1600s French philosopher Jean de …
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  5. Poprocks, Paraprosdokians, and Kindness

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    February 10, 2015 by libroshombre

    Voltaire’s 18th century warning remains valid. “It is dangerous,” he wrote, “to be right in matters on which the established …
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  6. Phantoms, Idiots, and Restrooms

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    December 18, 2014 by libroshombre

    Old Fort Phantom’s remains stand on a rise just north of Abilene, Texas, where I grew up. We boys usually …
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