Category Archives: Interesting words

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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Accidental Puns

I pun all the time, but I hardly ever mean to. My brain just comes up with the puns on its own. For example, my husband and I are thinking about buying a dehumidifier for our new home. Price is … Continue reading

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Joke’s On Me

Isn’t it funny, especially at a time when the stock market is in the tank, that the word BROKERAGE can be separated into BROKE RAGE? I don’t know about you, but my stock portfolio has definitely made me poorer and … Continue reading

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Naughty Pancakes?

What is it about pancakes that makes them want to join together in the skillet? No matter how carefully I pour them, they manage to expand, sometimes even to grow pseudopodia, so that they may touch one another. Is it … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Fun

Without going into too much detail about my job, which I refuse to do here, I will tell you that I often deal with bits and pieces of text. Some of those pieces, specifically those that spell (or nearly spell) … Continue reading

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Language Love

It amazes me, given the shortage of readers on this site, how much comment spam I get. I like spam, though. It’s interesting. I may be the only person to think so. It’s because of my deep admiration for the … Continue reading

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Heads-Up

There’s nothing I love more than a neologism that fills a need. I like the term “Bucket List” (from the movie) to describe a list of things to do before one dies. We all ought to have such a list, … Continue reading

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Let It Die

Just the other night, I was reading along happily, lost in the magic place that exists between the words on the page and the visions in my head, when a jarring word knocked me back to the real world. The … Continue reading

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