Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lexie Kahn and the Fear Factor

What was that clip, clip, clip, clip in the hallway outside my apartment? It could only be Pom-pom, Mrs. Martinez’s Pomeranian. I gasped, realizing that in my dither over the hollyhocks I had dropped the box with the remains of … Continue reading

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Holy Heck! Hollyhocks

I hopped off the bus in front of Ara’s Pastry but for once temptation didn’t strike. My heels were clunking rather than clicking as I trudged back to the Kenmore Arms. But I brightened as I reached my doorstep; in … Continue reading

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Offensive Players

Well, now I knew about fending, defending and fencing. What about offending? Offend comes from ob- + -fendere (found only in compounds; < the same Indo-European base as Hittite kuenzi ‘he strikes, kills,’ Sanskrit han- ‘to strike, kill, put an … Continue reading

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Send Me Your Blends

Lexie tweets the Word Blend of the Day @wordsnooper. She’s tweeted about “Rominee,” “bananarang,” “blog” and “nerdtastic.” Have you encountered some good word mash-ups or portmanteau words? Comment here and your name may be sent into the Twitterverse.

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Witness for De Fence

I read a few screensworth of Mansfield Park on my phone, but my mind kept wandering back to the question of whether fence of the “Don’t Fence Me In” and of the en garde variety were etymologically related to each … Continue reading

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Jane Austen on Hollywood Boulevard — Heaven Forfend!

Aboard the eastbound Hollywood Boulevard bus I sighed in relief. Bugsy “Murder is my business” Beetlebaum turned out to be harmless. But who knew? A single woman has to fend for herself, I thought, kicking the steel tip of a … Continue reading

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