Poetic Epithets: To Honor Or To Slight?

Pundits keep pontificating about Obama’s failure to mention Martin Luther King by name in his speech. Instead, he said “a young preacher from Georgia” and apparently this has all kinds of subtle and vaguely unsavory implications. OF COURSE  it does.  Nothing is more delectable than the unsavory.  Oooo!! This is so juicy! Is Barack Obama…

yes, quite!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Shawna emailed me a joke that you’ve probably all seen by now. The little boy who thought a zoo directory advertised “a frickin’ elephant” (African elephant). Hee hee. But it ain’t so cute when they STILL spell like that after graduating from high school and college. I’m sure…

Language Is a Many Splendored Thing

I found this etymological history of the word “Cabal” on wordsmith.org: “The history of cabal reveals how a word can be transferred from one sphere of activity to another while retaining only a tenuous connection with its past. Ultimately from Hebrew but transmitted to English probably by way of Medieval Latin and French, cabal is…