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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

FOUR ADJECTIVES IN SEARCH OF A TYPOGRAPHER

AS DESCRIBED IN yesterday’s adjectival tidbit, ironic, sardonic, sarcastic, and satirical commentaries are frequently encountered these days. Thus, shouldn’t we have typography to identify their presence? Sort of like “?” … Continue reading

November 25, 2018 · 6 Comments

IRONIC, SARDONIC, SARCASTIC, SATIRIC—ADJECTIVES FOR OUR TIMES

WE LIVE IN times that are ripe for ironic, sardonic, sarcastic, and satiric commentary. It’s fun to savor such wit, all the better when we observe the nuances among these … Continue reading

November 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE ATLAS OBSCURA EXPLORER’S GUIDE

THIS BOOK IS subtitled “For the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” and it is a fine addition to my collection of guidebooks, Baedeker’s and all. “For ages 9 and up,” it … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

IS HE AN INSTIGATOR OR AN INCITER? AN ETYMOLOGICAL DISCUSSION

RECENT VIOLENCE in the U.S. and around the world raises the question of whether Donald Trump’s rabble-rousing rally pronouncements have a deleterious effect. Is he an instigator, an inciter, or … Continue reading

October 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

NEPOTISM—ITS ETYMOLOGY

YOU NEVER KNOW where researching the word “nepotism” will lead. Its practice has a rich heritage in Holy Mother the Church. It turns out that the word is directly related … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

HAMLET, REVISITED

HITHERTO, HAMLET’S principal appearance here at SimanaitisSays was in the Classics Illustrated comic book version. And a fine example of the graphic genre it is. I also have a rather … Continue reading

October 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

BELLICOSE—ITS ETYMOLOGY

FOR ONE REASON or another, the word “bellicose” sprang to mind as deserving addition into my Etymology for our Times series. Why do you suppose? It might have been something … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 3 Comments