1. Vulgarity, Punctuation, and Doris Day

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    April 7, 2017 by libroshombre

    Ebenezer Cobham Brewer knew vulgarity when he encountered it, and there’s even a selection of them in the section titled …
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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. Service Animals, Sheepskins, and Marc Antony’s Gift

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    March 23, 2017 by libroshombre

      No one at my library school ever mentioned a number of items that would later loom large. For example, …
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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. Swearing, Smiling, and Fuzzy Q. Jones

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    March 2, 2017 by libroshombre

    Swearing connotes honesty according to a study reported in “Social Psychology and Personality Science” by researchers from the US, UK, …
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  6. 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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  7. Curious Cats, Stolen Thunder, and Gold Cards

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    February 8, 2017 by libroshombre

      Besides warming your cockles, purchasing a 2-year Gold Card with a $100 donation to the Fairbanks Library Foundation, means …
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