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Words at Play

The French actually have an academy to help them keep their language pure.  I guess that seems a bit strange to me because English has borrowed words from every language on earth.  Nevertheless, the French are determined to fight a … Continue reading

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Words At Play

While reading a very interesting book I noticed that the author used a common cliché that was totally inconsistent with the level of writing in the rest of the book.  It distracted me.  It made me wonder why the author … Continue reading

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Words At Play

Back in July I presented a list of 25 “false friends” – words that don’t mean what they look like they should mean.  Last time the words were French, Spanish and Italian.  This time they are Italian, German, and English … Continue reading

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Words at Play

Your car won’t start so you have it toed to your local repair shop.  A few hours later the mechanic calls you with the bad news: you have a defective disgronifier and it will cost $250 to replace it.  What … Continue reading

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Words At Play

Back in the old days when Bob Edwards was the host of NPR’s Morning Edition, I would hear a man named John Ciardi (CHAR-dee) talking about words once a week.  He had a gruff voice, but his pieces about words … Continue reading

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Words At Play

A “false friend” is one who would deceive you.  That person would say things to you that seem like the truth, but would, in fact, be lies.  Those lies might cause you a lot of embarrassment.  Some words are “false … Continue reading

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Words At Play

Twice recently I’ve run across the term “a pod of dolphins.”  For some reason we have the need to use distinctly different names for groups of animals and other things.  So, I’ve decided to list some of the most interesting … Continue reading

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