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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

AN AERO ENGINEER PHILOSOPHER PART 2

THERE WAS APPARENTLY a time when philosopher-to-be Ludvig Wittgenstein had nary a thought on existential propositions. Mechanical engineering diploma in hand, Wittgenstein had an immediate goal of earning a doctorate … Continue reading

February 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN AERO ENGINEER PHILOSOPHER PART 1

WERE IT NOT for London Review of Books, I wouldn’t have known that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had the “childhood dream of becoming the greatest aviator since Orville and Wilber Wright.” … Continue reading

February 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE SCOTTISH PLAY PART 2

NEVER, EVER utter the word “Macbeth” in a theater. Unless, of course, you’re acting a role in the play of that name. Tidbits yesterday in Part 1 suggested the origin … Continue reading

February 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE SCOTTISH PLAY PART 1

THE WORD “MACBETH” is never, ever uttered in a theater, except when performing in the Shakespeare play. To avoid the curse, it must always be referred to as “The Scottish … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: GANG, GANGSTER

GIVEN THAT WE have a gangster as president (attempted extortion, obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, “take her out,” …), the word and its root “gang” belong in my series of … Continue reading

February 5, 2020 · 1 Comment