Tag Archives: words

  1. Paronomasiacs, Oxt, and Other Honkerbonkers

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    January 15, 2015 by libroshombre

    James Boswell, famed as the autobiographer and companion of Samuel “Dictionary” Johnson in the 1700s, was a thorough-going scamp. However, …
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  2. Tree Asps, Knock-knock Jokes, and Surprising Books

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    January 5, 2015 by libroshombre

    The powerful 17th century French nobleman Francois de La Rochefoucauld made a sad commentary on his life when he wrote, …
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  3. Abecedarians, Librarians, and Profane Homophones

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    August 14, 2014 by libroshombre

    We’re lucky that our school district pays attention to its libraries, since that’s where students get grounded in navigating the …
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  4. Hyphenites, Assonance, and Monkeyshines

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    July 24, 2014 by libroshombre

    Last week brought a new appreciation for animal-oriented names, especially daddy long-leg spiders, carpenter ants, and the expression “monkeyshines.” But …
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  5. The Etymology of Soccer, Football, and Ageless Slang

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    July 10, 2014 by libroshombre

    The old Scottish poet Allan Cunningham once wrote about a time “when looks were fond and words were few.” That …
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  6. Brewer’s, Jenkin’s Ear, and How Far Athletes Run

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    June 26, 2014 by libroshombre

    Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, that thick collection of concise explanations and curiosities is perfect for lazy, rainy June …
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  7. Grammar Nazis, Word Power, and Shakespeare’s Library

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    May 8, 2014 by libroshombre

    Truly, I’m no grammar nazi. I’ve known real ones – some of my best friends are grammatical storm troopers – …
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  8. Hifalutin Dogberries and Abstract Nouns.

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    April 24, 2014 by libroshombre

    There’s a lot to be said for reading The Economist. Besides in-depth, authoritative reporting, its writers and editors employ richer …
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  9. Morphemes, Bashi-Bazouks, and Grawlixes

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    January 30, 2014 by libroshombre

    Libraries, those magnificent repositories of knowledge, are brimming with words of all sorts: written, spoken, sung, and projected. This is …
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