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July 29, 2019

I don't think about etiquette much, but I've had occasion to a couple of times recently.

The first was at a bar where my husband Rob and I are regulars. It was crowded, and the only seats were in the corner. We didn't want to be jammed against the wall, so we left one s...

July 18, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “I,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Iceblink. First recorded in the late 18th century, iceblink is the name seamen gave to the luminous sky caused by lig...

July 8, 2019

John Gummere was born in Swarthmore,  Pennsylvania in 1901. He was educated at the William Penn Charter School (my husband's alma mater), Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Ph.D. in Indo-European languages. He devoted his life to educati...

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