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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

CELEBRATING &

I WORKED 33 years at a magazine (R&T) carrying an ampersand, so I have an affinity with this symbol. And, guess what, it’s one of the things described in Keith … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

ETYMOLOGY: BELLWETHER

IT SEEMS immodest to quote one’s own comment, but I believe I may have originated “Satire is the bellwether of the body politic.” (Googled, this truism cites SimanaitisSays as its … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

A GENIUS? THINK AGAIN

I THOUGHT “genius” was a straightforward word, a person of super-high intelligence. However, my old friends Merriam and Webster offer more nuanced definitions and a particularly interesting etymology. For instance, … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

I AM EMBARRASSED

IN MY continuing series of Etymology for our Times, today I examine the word “embarrass.” Merriam-Webster defines its first meaning as “to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress.” … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

A PAIR OF BLITTS, ONE WITH WINTER

BARRY BLITT is a wonderful political cartoonist whose work in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and other publications has earned him “adoration from critics and fans … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

HUZZAHS FOR PERLMAN, NASH, AND SAENT-SAËNS!

I’VE JUST heard the most marvelous Itzhak Perlman recording of Camille Saent-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and it has instantly risen high on my Christmas/Hanukkah list, both as gift and … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHARLATAN TRUMP

THERE ARE those of us who would argue that “charlatan” is too kind a word to describe the likes of Donald J. Trump. However, the word has such interesting etymology, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 4 Comments