Category Archives: words

  1. Tolerance, Trousers, and Egyptian Bar Jokes

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                International Tolerance Day won’t roll around until November 16, but it’s increasingly obvious we ought to celebrate “sympathy or …
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  2. Peeves, Persiflage, and Portmanteaux

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    June 18, 2022 by libroshombre

                “Foist,” “to introduce surreptitiously,” is a word I like, perhaps because librarians enjoy  foisting books and information, albeit overtly, …
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  3. Stout, Seuss, and the Bible

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    April 23, 2022 by libroshombre

                In “A History of Reading,” Alberto Manguel wrote, “At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of …
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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