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CHAOS, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, PART 2

SOMEHOW, STUDYING the etymology of the word “chaos” makes current events seem less disruptive to rational thought. Yesterday was a start; today, we celebrate three forms of the word, spelled … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHAOS, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, PART 1

ETYMOLOGY CAN offer good fun as well as therapeutic distraction in times of unease. Consider the word “chaos.” Come to think of it, in a Russell’s Paradox sort of way, … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

A 13TH-CENTURY PUZZLE, PART 2

ASSUMING YOU read Part 1 here yesterday, you now know as much about the Voynich Manuscript as I did half-way through reading Meehan Crist’s “Who Knows?”, a book review of … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

A 13TH-CENTURY PUZZLE, PART 1

HAVE YOU ever heard of the Voynich Manuscript? Me neither. Until the London Review of Books, July 27, 2017, and Meehan Crist’s article “Who Knows?” Crist’s review of the book … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

MEDIEVAL DNA SLEUTHING

A TWELFTH-CENTURY Gospel of Luke and an even older York Gospels are giving today’s bookworm biologists an opportunity to study the actions of actual 900-year-old book worms in these medieval … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

HE USTA SAY “#&*@!!”

DEAR CHILDREN, there was a time, not all that long ago, when we could shield you from the vulgarities of life. Soon enough, lamentably, you’d hear older kids speaking “potty-mouth.” … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

ON POLITICIANS AND HYPOCRISY

THESE DAYS, “politician” and “hypocrisy” are naturals in a word-association test. Our current lamentable state encouraged me to do some etymological research on this word pair. My old pals Merriam-Webster … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment