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QUOTE MARKS REDUX

THE QUOTATION MARK is the anonymous hero of written clarity. As described in Keith Houston’s entertaining Shady Characters, it is “quietly competent, thank you very much, and would like to … Continue reading

September 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

LRB TIDBITS

I’M ENJOYING MY most recent semi-monthly London Review of Books, July 30, 2020. Though having read only the first five of its tabloid-size pages, I’ve gleaned several tidbits worth sharing … Continue reading

August 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

JAMAICAN ENGLISH, FROM “A” TO…

ANY LANGUAGE IS living and evolving. Hence, I cannot expect my 1967 Dictionary of Jamaican English to be entirely au courant. Nonetheless, it makes for entertaining reading. The book’s dedication … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON BILINGUAL BRAINS

I ENJOYED READING Michael Hofmann’s “Not in Spanish,” in London Review of Books, May 21, 2020. This article is a review of The Bilingual Brain, by Albert Costa, Catalan cognitive … Continue reading

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: JINGOISTIC, JINGOISM

THE WORD “JINGOISTIC” came to mind, even before Trump’s trumped-up photo op at the West Point commencement on June 13, 2020. It might have been my memory of him standing … Continue reading

June 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: I AM APPALLED

BACK IN JANUARY 2018, I examined the word “embarrassed” in my series of Etymologies for our Times. Today, I add the word “appalled.” Indeed, as in “I am Embarrassed,” the … Continue reading

June 2, 2020 · 6 Comments

MAY I “QUOTE” YOU ON THAT?

HERE’S ANOTHER of my tidbits on punctuation, today concerning quote marks. This is part of a continuing series here at SimanaitisSays, most recently with “☞Hurrah for the Manicule.☜” Encouragement for both … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

A PALAEOGRAPHER’S ADVENTURE PART 2

IN PART 1 yesterday, manuscript specialist Christopher de Hamel introduced us to the earliest surviving book known to have been in medieval England, The Gospels of Saint Augustine. Today in … Continue reading

April 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

A PALAEOGRAPHER’S ADVENTURE PART 1

RESEARCHING OLD MANUSCRIPTS is anything but musty and mundane. Palaeographer Christopher de Hamel is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and former Fellow Librarian at the university’s Parker Library. … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: SNARKY

THESE ARE SNARKY times, at least as witnessed by our national leader’s pronouncements. Thus, the word “snarky” is included in my Etymology for Our Times series. According to Merriam-Webster, “snarky” … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · 3 Comments