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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

ENJOYING THE HUMOR OF FRAN LEBOWITZ

CULTURAL SATIRIST Fran Lebowitz has been called a latter-day Dorothy Parker. Here are some of my favorite examples of Lebowitz’s wit gleaned from here and there. Lebowitz and Algebra. According … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

TALE OF THE CHEROKEE PHOENIX

THE CHEROKEE PHOENIX was the first Native American newspaper printed in its own language. Its story begins with the Cherokee polymath Sequoyah in 1821 and, with a lamentable hiatus, continues … Continue reading

March 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETIMOLOGIA PER I NOSTRI TEMPI

A REPORT FROM coronavirus-stricken Northern Italy contains a plea to eschew the time-honored Italian tradition of furbizia, the artful evasion of government directives of everything from income tax to traffic … Continue reading

March 11, 2020 · Leave a comment