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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

A PHONY BARD

THIS IS A TALE of deception. It involves a collector of English artifacts; his talented, if unscrupulous, son; the greatest of playwrights, William Shakespeare; and a passel of people capable … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

RIDING ON THE RED? THE GREEN? JUST THE RODS?

HERE’S HOW TO know when you’re a hep-ghee (sophisticated individual) and counter the lamentable trend of 140-character missives, all through a study of English language usage from the 1950 Dictionary … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

UTOPIA REVISITED

“UTOPIA IN TEXAS” by Glen Newey in the London Review of Books, January 19, 2017, provides counterpoint to my recent review of four dystopian novels here at SimanaitisSays. Not that … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

THE ETYMOLOGIST WILL SEE YOU NOW…

RECENT BROUHAHAS of executive orders bring to mind the terms “slapdash,” “going off half-cocked” and their cousins “haphazard” and “slipshod. In the interest of keeping myself etymologically hep, I arranged … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE (MIS?)RULE OF THUMB

I RECENTLY posted a Facebook comment mentioning “rule of thumb” as contrasted with more scientific methods of measurement. Think crowd size, for instance. Before doing so, I felt compelled to … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

I’M JUST A GHEE WITH THE LINGO

WIFE DOTTIE believes I am overdoing the old-time radio bit. Be that as it may, for her sake alone it is appropriate that I consult a period document, my Dictionary … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

BEATRICE D’ESSLING WAS A REAL CRACK

ONCE AGAIN, I SEEM to feed myself (and you) lines that call for more research. A couple days ago, I cited The San Francisco Call newspaper describing actress Beatrice d’Essling … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · 1 Comment