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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

FOUR AND TWENTY, FOUR TWENTIES + NINETEEN, FOUR AND TWO-AND-A-HALF TWENTIES FORTY OR FIGHT! PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE dealt with four and twenty blackbirds in one way and another. (Don’t ask.) Today in Part 2, we see how German, French, and Danish languages handle counting. You’ll … Continue reading

February 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

FOUR AND TWENTY, FOUR TWENTIES + NINETEEN, FOUR AND TWO-AND-A-HALF TWENTIES FORTY OR FIGHT! PART 1

AM I REGRESSING to nursery rhymes in my dotage? No, it’s just that the recent “See You and Raise You 40” here at SimanaitisSays reminded me of “four and twenty … Continue reading

February 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

SEE YOU AND RAISE YOU 40

WHAT WITH the Coronavirus being battled around the world, the word “quarantine” is much in the news these days. Quarantine comes from the Italian, quaranta giorni, 40 days, the enforced … Continue reading

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

ETYMOLOOGY: DEUTSCHESPRACH AND OTHERS

THE GERMAN LANGUAGE is great at word-building. For instance, I recall the following storefront signage. Come to think of it, my source for this photo, translated into German, is another … Continue reading

January 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

ACTION! CUT?? PART 2

YESTERDAY’S TOPIC of extended takes in cinematography focused on Orson Welles’ film noir Touch of Evil. Today, in Part 2, we confirm French director Jean-Luc Godard’s truism that cinematographic truth … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

ACTION! CUT?? PART 1

“FILM IS TRUTH 24 times a second,” French film director Jean-Luc Godard said, “and every cut is a lie.” Given this, almost all films are filled with falsity: They’re formed … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

WELCOME TO 2020!

LET’S BEGIN 2020 with laughs and hope they continue throughout the year. These particular tidbits come from Robert Benchley, a member of the famed Algonquin Round Table. During the 1920s, … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 5 Comments