Monthly Archives: May 2011
May 31, 2011 “That’s wrong for so many reasons:” I hear and read that phrase a great deal these days. Almost always, that phrase is all that’s said; none of the “many reasons” are given. So in those cases, “that’s … Continue reading
May 29, 2011 In today’s New York Times, Simon Winchester celebrates (!?) the 645 meanings of the verb “run.” It’s the English language word with the most meanings.
May 29, 2011 A casual mention of a “bonfire” took me to wondering about the origin of that term: a fire, yes, but why a “bon” fire? I couldn’t think of another English word that uses “bon” as a prefix, … Continue reading
May 27, 2011 The byways of the web took me recently to an on-line column of Stanley Fish from February 8, 2009. Fish is someone with whom I agree about 50% of the time — that is, no more often … Continue reading