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Birthday Wishes 2015

September 22, 2015

BIRTHDAY WISHES 2015 Email: Jon N., Steph N., Harmony H., Lisa N., Christon S., Kevin L. {6} Evite / Event RSVP: Vanessa H., Billie E., Jennifer S., Aaron C., Kathy S., Christon S., Sabrina K., Eve M., Kevin L. {9} LJ: Matt A. / Deanna H., Deanna H., Eric H., Deanna H. {4} Facebook Wall […]

Doctor Unheimlich, Gn-Gz (Grolby)

October 19, 2014

Doctor Unheimlich’s Disease Registry Doctor Unheimlich has diagnosed me withGo-Quiz’s Lurgy Cause: spaceborne bacteria Symptoms: extreme demoniacal visions, swollen appendix, hair growth Cure: acupuncture Enter your name, for your own diagnosis: Doctor Unheimlich has diagnosed me withGoatQueen’s Lurgy Cause: drug abuse Symptoms: sudden Hitler mustache, neck swelling, occasional gullibility Cure: pass it on to someone […]

Word Facts for July 2-8, 2011

July 7, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of July 2-3, 2011: when in Rome – Augustine once asked his fellow priest Ambrose, “Should we fast on Saturday, as they do in Rome? Or on Sunday, as they do in Milan?” Ambrose replied, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do; when in Milan, do as the Milanese […]

Word Facts for June 25-July 1, 2011

June 30, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of June 25-26, 2011: poach – In days of old when knights were bold, hunting was a privilege reserved for the nobility. A hungry peasant would thus have to steal an animal from some estate – and, naturally, that animal would have to be small enough to carry away. In […]

Word Facts for June 18-24, 2011

June 23, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of June 18-19, 2011: DIY – Americans have always prized being handy, though with the ascendancy of white-collar work in the early twentieth century, manual labor and skills were prized less and less. The phrase “do it yourself” (shortened to “DIY”) emerged in the 1950s as a call for suburbanites […]

Word Facts for June 11-17, 2011

June 16, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of June 11-12, 2011: cui bono – Someone’s been murdered. Who’s the prime beneficiary of the will? That’s the line of reasoning a savvy detective of the Monk / Columbo school might follow. Cui bono? is the lawyer’s tag for it, meaning (in Latin) “Who benefits?” It’s a good experience […]

Word Facts for June 4-10, 2011

June 9, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of June 4-5, 2011: Afghanistan – The -stan part is easy: it means “the country of” in several Central Asian languages. But what of the Afghan? “Afghanistan” enfolds an uncomfortable, ever-shifting alliance of tribes, the most populous of which (the Pushtuns) make up about 40 percent of the population. None […]

Word Facts for May 28-June 3, 2011

June 2, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of May 28-29, 2011: lipstick on a pig – Does lipstick disguise a swinish nature? No, that’s not the precise sense of this old idiom, which means something like “A leopard cannot change its spots.” That is, you can try to disguise someone or something, but that person or thing’s […]

Word Facts for May 21-27, 2011

May 26, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of May 21-22, 2011: hooah – The U.S. Army exclamation “hooah,” used to mean everything except “no,” dates to the 1980s. It is said to derive from the acronym HUA, meaning “heard, understood, and acknowledged” in response to an order. Films that place the term in the Vietnam era are […]

Word Facts for May 14-20, 2011

May 20, 2011

Word origin for the weekend of May 14-15, 2011: Brooklyn-style pizza – New Yorkers know that a good piece of pizza can be easily folded over and eaten like a pocket sandwich, a process that usually involves a stream of grease running down one’s forearm, a very small price to pay indeed. Outside New York, […]