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Tag Archives: Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

BUFFOON, BUFFOONISH, BUFFA

NOT ONLY does the word “buffoon” belong in my Etymology for our Times, there’s an operatic connection as well: Opera buffa is literally “comic opera” as opposed to opera seria, … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

CHAOS, IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, PART 1

ETYMOLOGY CAN offer good fun as well as therapeutic distraction in times of unease. Consider the word “chaos.” Come to think of it, in a Russell’s Paradox sort of way, … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 1 Comment