Monthly Archives: May 2013

Our Far-Flung Alumni: Peter Suber (’73)

May 24, 2013 May 21, 2013—The Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), starting July 1, … Continue reading

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Coaches First

May 13, 2013 What do we value? Sometimes a picture does tell it all. Last week, Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin produced this graphic asking Is Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably). The uniformity tells you something very powerful is … Continue reading

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Should Everyone Go To College?

May 10, 2013 Or perhaps this should be titled “College Costs: the Dishonest Conversation (3)” (see below). Must reading this week is a report from The Brookings Institution by Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill titled Should Everyone Go To College?  … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Public”

May 8, 2013 “Public” means of “of or pertaining to the people,” and its etymology is straightforward from a Latin term meaning the same thing. From etymology.com: public (adj.) mid-15c., “pertaining to the people,” from Old French public (c.1300), from … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Thespian”

May 6, 2013 Thespians unite! News from all over: “A troupe of street drummers got a shock when Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, emerged from a London theatre to berate them for disrupting her show,” reports The Telegraph, … Continue reading

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Meanings: Bologna—or is it Baloney?

May 2, 2103 Today, Language Log sorts out the derisive term “bologna,” or should we say “baloney”?  Mark Liberman explains that it isn’t even clear that “baloney,” as an expression declaring some statement to be nonsense, is even related to … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Probe”

May 1, 2013 “Probe” comes from Latin probare, which is also the root of our word “prove.” By the early 15th century it had come to refer (says etymology.com) to an “instrument for exploring wounds” and also to “an examination.” … Continue reading

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