Category Archives: Interesting words

SITY: What’s Beautiful Today?

I spent some time outside this morning taking pictures. I found quite a few beautiful things, including this cicada skin. According to Wikipedia, the term for this is “exuviae,” meaning “things stripped from a body.” I’ve seen a lot of … Continue reading

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Different Routes to Knowledge

The other night my mother and I were discussing the word “cuck.” It’s a new term that shows up often in the comments of political posts on Facebook and other social media these days. I couldn’t find a really authoritative … Continue reading

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Soup & Stuff

I’ve managed to catch yet another cold. And what do I do when I get a cold? I call up the Vietnamese restaurant and order “healing soup,” known more commonly to the rest of the world as “chicken pho.” So … Continue reading

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Marshall 2.5

Dear Marshall, You turned 2.5 years old on Christmas. Happy Half Birthday! You have changed a lot in the last few months, particularly in the way you speak. You are getting quite good at English, which is great, but that … Continue reading

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First in the New Marathon

The Gremlins: A Royal Air Force Story (The Lost Walt Disney Production) by Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl Grade: B+ The Gremlins is the first book in my Roald Dahl reading marathon. It is an old-fashioned, cutesy kind of story. It … Continue reading

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M. Poirot and H. Irene

In honor of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, I offer you an extra Weekly Poirot quote. I suspect that if Poirot knew a hurricane was coming, he would lock himself up in the house and not come out until it was over. … Continue reading

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Today’s Neologism

This morning’s blog bounty: 14 spam comments! Almost every comment had the “requisite” typo. Here is my favorite. Keep these articles coming as they’ve onpeed many new doors for me. Onpee might make a decent word. It would be distinguished … Continue reading

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Mountebanks in Moustaches

In the Christie universe, some characters doubt Poirot’s abilities, often to their detriment. Here’s what one character had to say about him. That old mountebank? He won’t find out anything. He’s all talk and moustaches. from Death on the Nile … Continue reading

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More Murder, More Marple

Murder With Mirrors (a.k.a. They Do It With Mirrors) by Agatha Christie Grade: B So difficult, isn’t it? To be clear about anything, I mean. Because if you’re looking at one thing, you can’t be looking at another. And one … Continue reading

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Toad and Frog

There is a breakfast dish that my father taught me how to make when I was a child. He called it “toad-in-the-hole.” You take a slice of bread, cut a hole in the middle of it with a drinking glass, … Continue reading

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