Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Word Snooper: Of Time and Temples

“So,” I said to Amira Khan, “your mysterious employer wants to know the origin of the word temple as well as temporary, temperature and the other temp- words we’ve discussed.” “Yes. She’s attempting to make the most of this tempting … Continue reading

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A Temperate Tempest

I like the high ceilings and spacious oak tables in my second office, the L.A. Central Library, but speaking of temperature, it was getting as hot as a stereo that fell off a truck. Ms. Khan lifted her long hair … Continue reading

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Word Snooper Poll: What should replace “awesome”?

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Temper, Temper!

“So your employer, Mrs. Anonymous, has the time to tackle the tangled and tempestuous tale of temperature?” “Mmm-hmm,” murmured Amira Khan. “Well, we talked about the fact that temperature meant the process or result of tempering, or mixing in the … Continue reading

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Lexie Kahn Seeks the Origin of Time and Temperature

I inserted my earplugs and flipped through some dictionaries while I pondered my next move. “Con?” a voice seemed to say. Was C.J. De Sica “The Seeker” Chan’s story a con? Maybe, but to what end? “Ms. Kahn?” the voice … Continue reading

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