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ETYMOLOGY: THUG

I RECOGNIZED that the word “thug” had to do with Hindi thugees, but that was where my knowledge ended. Now that we have a thug in our country’s highest office, … Continue reading

December 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: RHODOMONTADE AND OTHER CHARACTER TRAITS

THIS RESEARCH STARTED with an erudite, if perhaps overwrought, description of Britain’s Boris Johnson in the London Review of Books, August 15, 2019: Ferdinand Mount, one of the article’s co-authors, … Continue reading

December 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

MANGA TIDBITS PART 2

YESTERDAY WE began a celebration of manga, the Japanese genre of pictorial storytelling. Today in Part 2, we’ll see how manga pacing and text presentation set it apart from the … Continue reading

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

MANGA TIDBITS PART 1

THE JAPANESE WORD マンガ, manga means “pictures running riot,” a good description of this genre of pictorial storytelling. Or as comics authority Paul Gravett terms it, “more than telling a … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

CHAUCER TIDBITS

A NEW 624-PAGE biography of Geoffrey Chaucer aroused my interest. Not quite enough, I admit, to read all 624 pages yet, but sufficient to enjoy reading a review of this … Continue reading

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

RACKETEERING ETYMOLOGIES

THE NEWS CONCERNING Trump, Giuliani, omertà, getting thrown under the bus, and other mob-speak got me wondering how the nice French sports racquet evolved into something as sordid as racketeering. … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

UPDATING ALICE

MARTIN GARDNER’S Annotated Alice, 1960, was the first in my collection of annotated classics. Indeed, Gardner’s was the first in the series, many of which I have. Wife Dottie recently … Continue reading

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment