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ETYMOLOOGY: DEUTSCHESPRACH AND OTHERS

THE GERMAN LANGUAGE is great at word-building. For instance, I recall the following storefront signage. Come to think of it, my source for this photo, translated into German, is another … Continue reading

January 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

ACTION! CUT?? PART 2

YESTERDAY’S TOPIC of extended takes in cinematography focused on Orson Welles’ film noir Touch of Evil. Today, in Part 2, we confirm French director Jean-Luc Godard’s truism that cinematographic truth … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

ACTION! CUT?? PART 1

“FILM IS TRUTH 24 times a second,” French film director Jean-Luc Godard said, “and every cut is a lie.” Given this, almost all films are filled with falsity: They’re formed … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

WELCOME TO 2020!

LET’S BEGIN 2020 with laughs and hope they continue throughout the year. These particular tidbits come from Robert Benchley, a member of the famed Algonquin Round Table. During the 1920s, … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

A CHRISTMAS CAROL ANNOTATIONS

WHAT WITH CHRISTMAS only four days away, I have just completed my annual reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in the annotated edition, of course. Culinary aspects of Dickens’ tale … Continue reading

December 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: THUG

I RECOGNIZED that the word “thug” had to do with Hindi thugees, but that was where my knowledge ended. Now that we have a thug in our country’s highest office, … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: RHODOMONTADE AND OTHER CHARACTER TRAITS

THIS RESEARCH STARTED with an erudite, if perhaps overwrought, description of Britain’s Boris Johnson in the London Review of Books, August 15, 2019: Ferdinand Mount, one of the article’s co-authors, … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 3 Comments