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ETYMOLOGY: SCOUNDREL

TO QUOTE Trumpery of January 14, 2019, the president said that FBI personnel were “known scoundrels.” Were I a second-grader, I might respond, “It takes one to know one.” Given … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON PARTICLES

MRS. GRIMBLY, REST her teacher’s soul, would be disappointed that I’d forgot the meaning of an English language “particle.” Maybe I earn some redemption by recently learning about particles in … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

ETYMOLOGY: TO COZEN, A COZENER

GIVEN THAT we may be entering the second half, and perhaps the end game, of Trumpery, it is not inappropriate to discuss classical terms for the personality type, in particular, … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

PASS THE PASTICHES, PLEASE

THE YEAR 2019, according to Alexandra Alter in The New York Times, December 29, 2018, will be one of “New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out.” She … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

GREMLIN TIDBITS PART 1

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, we talked about Roald Dahl and his dealings with Walt Disney, which culminated with the book The Gremlins. Today and tomorrow, in a continuation of this theme, … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

COMPLICITY AND COLLUSION—DUAL ETYMOLOGIES

MUCH IN the news these days, the words “complicity” and “collusion” warrant inclusion in my series of Etymology for our Times. It’s most appropriate to compare and contrast these two … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · 3 Comments

SCHADENFREUDE—ETYMOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL VIEWS

“DEAR DR. WORDSMITH, current political goings-on have me experiencing Schadenfreude. Is this okay?” It depends, of course, on how concerned you are about the state of these United States. If, … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · 3 Comments