Category Archives: words

  1. Scunners, Squeamishness, and Biting Wax Tadpoles

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    July 4, 2017 by libroshombre

    LIBRARIAN COLUMN Contact Greg Hill, 4790-4344                                                            June 8, 2017 The public library’s such an endless source of unexpectedly interesting factoids. …
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  2. Humpty, Pied, and Krazy

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    May 9, 2017 by libroshombre

    Some words seem made to go together, and the ones that actually do become “portmanteaus.” A portmanteau’s a large, stiff-sided …
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  3. OLLI, Yancey, and X

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    May 3, 2017 by libroshombre

      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), one of Fairbanks’ intellectual jewels like our public library, offers a wide array …
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  4. Lies, Spies, and Ultracrepidarians

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    March 10, 2017 by libroshombre

    Too many ultracrepidarians are running around these days. An “ultracrepidarian” is “someone who gives an opinion on things s/he knows …
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  5. Catgut, Logophiles, and Peter Mark Roget

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    February 19, 2017 by libroshombre

      Some words sort of grab you, like “catgut.” In our youth we were told that our tennis rackets were …
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  6. Dates, Thumbs, and Popeye

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    February 1, 2017 by libroshombre

      Horace Walpole once wrote, “I sit with my toes in a brook,/ And if anyone axes forwhy?/ I hits …
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  7. 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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