Category Archives: word origins

  1. Cock, Sockeye, and Lady Mondregreen

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    December 21, 2017 by libroshombre

    Pliny the Elder could have been describing current times when he declared, “The only certainty is that nothing is certain.” …
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  2. Publishers, Malarkey, and Project Gutenberg

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    March 24, 2017 by libroshombre

      “Malarky!” was one of my father’s favorite epithets for things he deemed phony or exaggerated. I heard it all …
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  3. 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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  4. Deep Reading, Lizard Feet, and Tough Cookies

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    August 30, 2016 by libroshombre

      Those immersed in the reading life know an engrossing dance of words and concepts can induced by good writing, …
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  5. Synesthesia, Misophonia, and Argle-Bargle

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    June 30, 2016 by libroshombre

      A number of articles about synesthesia have cropped up lately. Reading Vladimir Nabakov’s wonderful memoir, “Speak Memory,” revealed his …
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  6. Flowers, Fireflies, and Frequentatives

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    June 3, 2016 by libroshombre

    A recent visit to central Texas revealed that sensible rains have returned there after a half-decade of severe drought. The …
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  7. Enticements of Etymology, Origins of Scoundrels, and Casey Gets a Hit

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    April 6, 2015 by libroshombre

    Ralph Waldo Emerson described studiers of word origins this way: “The etymologist finds the deadest words to have been once …
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