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Unusual Words: Defining Prelapsarian and Manichaean

As a language person I, of course, love words. Although as with most things that generate intense feeling, I also hate words (remember everyone: the opposite of love is not hateā€”it’s indifference*). So I relish moments when I come across … Continue reading

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“Do these genes make me look fat?” Maybe. Or maybe it’s the obesogens.

If you have a weight problem and you think it’s not entirely your fault, there might be something to that belief. Researchers have identified a number of substances that might act on organisms, including humans, in ways that cause them … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: What is a bollard?

A quick post today from the vocabulary files. This one’s about something that most of us see many times every day, but don’t know the word for. In fact, most of us don’t know there’s even a word for it. … Continue reading

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Fight the . . . kyriarchy?

Kyriarchy. Do you know this word yet? Regular readers of this semi-regular blog will know that I usually stick to issues of vocabulary and usage and avoid confronting topics that are political, religious, ideological, or otherwise potentially controversial. But I … Continue reading

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ISIS or ISIL? What’s in a name? A lot if you’re paying attention.

I was pleased last week to hear President Obama refer to the “Islamic State” entity in the Middle East as “ISIL.” Most official Obama Administration spokespersons and the US military use ISIL, but the American press refers to the group … Continue reading

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