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Battling Etymologists

By now there were two dozen kids, each in possession of a cell phone with a distinct cry. The place buzzed, rumbled and hiccupped like an earthquake in a cuckoo clock factory. But I was still intently batting around words … Continue reading

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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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