Category Archives: words

  1. Humaning, Nero, and Obscure Sorrows

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    Once long ago my mother read to me every night at bedtime, and she also read to herself a lot: …
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  2. Proofing, Generosity, and Sic

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    January 16, 2022 by libroshombre

    A recent online article, “The Language of Climate is Evolving From ‘Change’ to ‘Catastrophe’,” reminded me of the enormous debt …
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  3. Evites, N-grams, and Bloody Tubs

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    May 21, 2021 by libroshombre

                “Mutable” is a good word that means “prone to change, inconstant,” according to Merriam-Webster, and it also describes all …
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  4. States of Nature, Dark Triads, and Masking

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    January 21, 2021 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg hill, 479-4344                                                               January 21m 2021             Confucius taught that “Without knowing the force of words, it …
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  5. Pogo, Podiums, and Pharaohs

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    October 16, 2018 by libroshombre

    “Polyphiloprogenitive” was a good descriptor for Walt Kelly, the Pogo comic strip creator, poet, and political satirist, especially when it …
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  6. Fondling Phones, Valuable Words, and the Opies

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    August 9, 2018 by libroshombre

    “18 Wheeler” is a video game simulating semi truck driving, but you might beware of overindulging in it, or any …
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  7. Breviloquence, Tosspots, and Uberty

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    June 15, 2018 by libroshombre

      My parents were children of the Great Depression, and, consequently, so was the vocabulary I inherited, complete with “mazuma” …
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  8. Cryptogamists, Eructers, and Wykyn de Worde

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    May 14, 2018 by libroshombre

    As Welsh poet George Herbert rightly noted in the 1600s, “Good words are worth much, and cost little,” but sometimes …
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  9. 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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  10. Apples, Alphabets, and Wine

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    March 5, 2018 by libroshombre

    If “Language is wine upon the lips,” as Virginia Woolf espoused, English is sometimes the language of winos. Take that …
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