Category Archives: Latin language

Holy Hollywood! Has Batman Gone Batty?

A door swung open, sending a blast of cold air and a flapping sound through the java joint. Slowly, I lifted my head. A black-clad, caped figure with a pointy-eared hood stretched over his face flapped into my office. Batman. … Continue reading

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Lexie Kahn Fears No Art

I jammed my hands into the pockets of my trench coat as C.J. sent his sky-blue Leaf slaloming down the 101 to the 110 and the 105. Would the turbulence of the planes landing at LAX blow the agile little … Continue reading

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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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Making a Killing

“No rush. Whenever you’re ready, sir,” Louie said, sliding the bill in front of Beetlebaum. The pest master slipped the pen from the folder and extracted a small spiral notebook from the pocket of his shorts. “How do you spell … Continue reading

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Rubbing Out a Louse

Louie, our waiter, had square horn rimmed glasses, a nimbus of closed-cropped white hair and the same serious demeanor he adopted in 1957 when he began working at Musso and Frank’s. He silently slipped our coffees in front of us. … Continue reading

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