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ETYMOLOGY: HOIST ON ONE’S OWN PETARD

THERE APPEARS to be no shortage of Etymology for our Times words and phrases: To name a few, there are buffoon, charlatan, mendacity—and today’s “hoist on one’s own petard.” What … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: FROM PHONY TO FAWNEY TO FANNY PART 2

MAYBE THE words phony and fawney are related to the word “fanny”? With regard to fanny, though, be forewarned: This word has two distinct meanings, one English and the other … Continue reading

April 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: FROM PHONY TO FAWNEY TO FANNY PART 1

THERE ARE times when etymological searches take unexpected turns: I started off with “phony,” certainly an appropriate entry in my Etymology for our Times (EfoT) series. This led, in a … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOGY: CRONY, CRONYISM

MERRIAM-WEBSTER nails cronyism as “partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications.” Furthermore, M-W defines a crony as “a … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

HOAX: A REAL ETYMOLOGY

IN MY continuing Etymology for our Times, I offer the word “hoax,” often tweeted by Trump to describe things with which he disagrees or possibly misunderstands. Merriam-Webster says the verb … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY STORMY LADY

I PREDICT a hot Broadway musical comedy called My Stormy Lady. I leave plot details to the imagination (and possibly the U.S. Congress), but it could join today’s topic: other … Continue reading

March 20, 2018 · 5 Comments

IGNORANCE: ITS ETYMOLOGY AND DISPLAY

“I AM largely ignorant of Latin.” “Ignorance is bliss.” “Tweeting it as ‘Marine Core’ displays more than a little ignorance.” Each of these sentences displays a nuance of “ignorance,” defined … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · Leave a comment