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MUIR’S MUSIC MUSINGS PART 2

HERE ARE MORE SELECTIONS from Frank Muir’s collection of cited witticisms in his book An Irreverent and Thoroughly Incomplete Social History of Almost Everything. Part 2 offers a poem, a … Continue reading

June 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

MUIR MUSIC MUSINGS PART 1

FRANK MUIR AND DENIS NORDEN offered brilliant wit in their BBC radio programs My Word! and My Music!, both discussed here at SimanaitisSays. Books by both are delights as well: … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: FILIBUSTER

HOW CAN A representative democracy obstruct a majority view? In one word: filibuster. And an example comes to immediate mind: gun control. Here are tidbits on etymology of the word … Continue reading

June 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

OGDEN NASH’S ANIMAL PALS

RECENT RECITATION HERE OF “Feminine Rhymes” got me thinking about that master of light poetry, Ogden Nash. Which, in turn, encouraged me to reprise a collection of his works.  Linell … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · 1 Comment

TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE GLEANED TIDBITS from Tom Johnson’s review of Orietta Da Rold’s Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fiction. Paper arrived big-time in England in the late 14th-century. Fifty … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER PART 1

TOM JOHNSON BEGINS his London Review of Books article with quite an amazing tidbit: “In 1391, 2.3 million sheets of paper arrived at the port of London: a page for … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

BEOWOLF—A DIGITALLY UNRULY TYPEFACE (FOR A WHILE, THAT IS)

AS DESCRIBED BY John L. Walters in his fascinating Fifty Typefaces That Changed the World, “Few recent typefaces can claim to be as radical—anarchistic, even— as Beowolf….”  Imagine a typeface … Continue reading

May 17, 2022 · 3 Comments

VINTAGE BOND

I REALIZE THIS TITLE might be about whisky, but in fact I’m thinking of Bond, James Bond. I confess I haven’t kept up with the Bond franchise, thus my inclusion … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

MALAPROPING THROUGH THE AGES

WHICH CAME FIRST: the malaprop, a humorous misuse of similar sounding words, or Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals? The French language gives a … Continue reading

April 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

SKOOL IS BACK

NOW THAT KIDS ARE returning, sorta, to traditional schooling, maybe it’s time to bring some humor, er… humour to the educational process. I do this in vintage fashion, by examining … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · 3 Comments