Category Archives: names

  1. Ouija Boards, Gratitude, and Dogs

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    December 10, 2019 by libroshombre

    After my column about Ouija Boards, a curious reader asked me to elaborate on the name’s origin. Smithsonianmag.com wrote, “Contrary …
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  2. Nicknames, Pseudonyms, and Imposters

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    April 7, 2019 by libroshombre

    The Legends of Austin Soccer, an annual reunion of ancient soccer players, meets, so nicknames have been on my mind. …
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  3. Bond, Bananas, and Humperdink Fangboner

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    March 23, 2018 by libroshombre

      Nineteenth century poet and reformer Helen Hunt Jackson once wrote, “Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each …
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  4. T, Temple, and Lady Betty

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    April 24, 2017 by libroshombre

      It might have been learning about Richard “Waterfront” Brown during Osher Lifelong Learning’s Fairbanks history class that got me …
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  5. Possums, Trees, and Chairs

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    November 11, 2016 by libroshombre

      Possums and library trees have been on my radar a lot lately. Possums are certainly ugly creatures, but those …
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  6. Gobblefunk, Gold Cards, and Blind Boy Groot

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    June 15, 2016 by libroshombre

      Roald Dahl, creator of Willie Wonka and James and the Giant Peach, liked naming things so much that the …
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  7. Stimulations, Contraction, and Boney-eared Assfish

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    April 11, 2016 by libroshombre

    Some periodicals provide close to the same serendipial stimulation browsing the shelves as a well-stocked library. But where the library’s …
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