Monthly Archives: March 2012

All Tied Up in Etymology

The day was heating up. Or was it just me? I would be meeting Bugsy “Murder is My Business” Beetlebaum in a few hours. But I wasn’t sweating it. I just had to tie up a few loose ends, etymologically. … Continue reading

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Word Snooper Poll: Most Zeitgeist-y Portmanteau

Ch-ch-changes. The idea that our world is changing at warp speed in these modern times is nothing new. But now it seems new inventions and new attitudes are bombarding us so rapidly we need a passel of new words – … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Restricted District

Bands of sunlight struck my face through the blinds. Morning. The memory of a dream, or nightmare, about Bugsy Beetlebaum flashed through my mind and disappeared. After I finished off my third cup of java and a slab of leftover … Continue reading

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Word Snooper Poll: Most Pretentious Buzz Word

The Conceptual Art movement elevated ideas over traditional artistic values like discernment and craftsmanship. Maybe those displaced values needed a home. Is that why suddenly everything outside the realm of art is now “crafted,” “artisanal” or “curated”? You’ve heard of … Continue reading

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Stress and Strain: Twin Words

I was straining under the stress. Maybe puzzling out some word origins would help me relax and get a good night’s sleep before meeting Bugsy Beetlebaum in the morning. My techie friends, the engineers and physicists, like to distinguish between … Continue reading

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Stress and Distress

“Say the worrrrd I’m thinking of. Have you hearrrrd –“ My phone. I must have nodded off. “Lexie Kahn, Word Snooper,” I answered. A voice like an engine in need of a tune-up grunted, “Bugsy Beetlebaum. Murder is my business. … Continue reading

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