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hyperliteracy in the restroom

One of my major beefs with the world is poor grammar, usage and spelling in all the writing we’re stuck reading in public places. No bad signs, please. Take a moment to set a good example. And then a reader … Continue reading

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the word of the day is “hominin”

“Who were the Denisovans anyway?”.  This compelling and (to me) instantly attractive question was the title of today’s post on the consistently interesting blog called Twilight Beasts.  And of course I clicked to read, and to my even greater delight, … Continue reading

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alligator pears and other kinds of pears and also sparrow grass

Winter drags on and on and photographers are getting desperate enough to shoot with Polaroid Cube toy cameras in the produce department of the butcher shop.  (Not even the grocery store.  Sheesh.)  It’s hardly exploring the farmer’s market with the … Continue reading

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spicy hungarian brushpile limousine

Spicy Hungarian brushpile limousine.  There’s a zesty group of English words.  And it’s so much more interesting than saying “here are two photographs I took recently with my Polaroid Cube toy camera”. Someday I’m going to have to explore my … Continue reading

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flowers for the season

It is spring at last, so let’s celebrate with one of the earliest serious flowers: the hellebore or Lenten rose, so called because it usually blooms before Easter.  These are right on schedule.  Note that although it’s called the Lenten … Continue reading

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mammoths (were really big)

Mammoths were really big.  There’s a reason their name was adopted into many modern languages as a tighter-reading synonym for that awkward phrase.  Yes, the name of the animal came first, entering Russian at the time of the first recorded … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: celtic treasure

The caption in this image reads Trésor celtique découvert en Ardennes.   My high school French renders this as “Celtic treasure either discovered or uncovered in the Ardennes”.  I seem to remember that découvert means both or either, depending on context, and in … Continue reading

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photographic notebook

For writers who came up before the digital revolution, and many who were born later, nothing ever will replace the little paper notebook.  Nothing to charge up, nothing to turn on, no lights, no sound, nothing to distract or alarm, … Continue reading

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is there any other kind?

Eagle eyed reader Meg sends this photograph of a classic toy for sale at a local emporium.  Funny, but I always thought the name of the thing was enough of a hint …New vehicle prices have sure gone up, but … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: frolicsome dragon

This little Chinese dragon from the Tang Dynasty is frolicking like nobody’s business.  But he still looks pretty fierce while he’s doing it.   Dragon frolics are serious business. (Frolic is an odd word.  Google and my blogging software’s spellcheck both … Continue reading

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