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Monthly Archives: April, 2018

“THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH” PART 1

AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHT Thornton Wilder called The Skin of Our Teeth “the most ambitious project I have ever approached.” And no wonder. The play mixes the early 1940s with prehistoric times, … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: AT SIXES AND SEVENS

THE WORLD, it has been said, is “at sixes and sevens.” On the other hand, researching this phrase gave me some comforting insight into the practice of etymology and, indeed, … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

WHENCE U.S. OIL THESE DAYS?

WHAT WITH the world at sixes and sevens (now there’s a phrase to investigate!), it’s worth identifying the sources of petroleum and its products imported into the U.S. Recent data … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

MY BENTLEY GARAGE FIND

THIS GARAGE find of mine isn’t a car—It’s a book. And what a find! Here are a few tidbits gleaned from this book. W.O. Bentley and the Red Baron had … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: HOIST ON ONE’S OWN PETARD

THERE APPEARS to be no shortage of Etymology for our Times words and phrases: To name a few, there are buffoon, charlatan, mendacity—and today’s “hoist on one’s own petard.” What … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

THE BRASHER DOUBLOON CAPER

EPHRAIM BRASHER, prominent colonial silversmith, lived in the fashionable Cherry Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. George Washington lived next door. It was 1787. That year, Brasher and John Bailey, a fellow … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

LET’S HEAR IT FOR CHROMESTHESIA!

WHAT COLOR is Mozart’s Ein Kleine Nachtmusik? How about The Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction? Or Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade? Synesthesia is the experience of one sensory input leading involuntarily to another. … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 3 Comments