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Tag Archives: Oxford English Dictionary

LET’S DIFFERENTIATE “BULLY PULPIT” FROM A WRETCHED BULLY

I AM a lover of the English language, with a deep appreciation of Theodore Roosevelt. It was he who characterized the presidency as a “bully pulpit.” But, I note emphatically, … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

OED’S OUTRAGEOUS MOOBS

THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY, the OED, is an authority of English language usage and its history. From time to time, it reflects the expansion of the language, as described in … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

FIASCOES, SHAMBLES, HAVOC AND HUBBUBS

I WAS reading recently about Chianti Classicos, Italian red wines. This evoked memories of romantic restaurants, red-and-white checkered tablecloths and candle wax dripping down onto straw-wrapped wine bottles. Well, it … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · 3 Comments