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Extra Lex: 14 Food and Beverage Words with Arabic Origins

An  alcoholic’s first nip of the morning may be called an “eye opener,” but who would have thought that the word “alcohol” derived from a term related to eyeliner?  Get the scoop here: http://shar.es/N9myH Advertisements

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Lexie Kahn, Secret Agent

After a late night watching election returns, pundits poking red and blue puzzle pieces on glowing screens invaded my dreams. A clanging phone woke me. It was Amira Khan, Ms. Big’s assistant, speaking in a near whisper. “I’m sorry; what … Continue reading

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Bourgeois Fair

“So, are burghers bourgeois?” C.J. asked before popping a sauce-drenched French fry into his mouth. Another jet thundered overhead. I could almost make out the tread in the tires. “I wouldn’t be a snob about what I’m eating. Oh, right: … Continue reading

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Burgers to Burghers

“Speaking of burgers, what about the Burghers of Calais?” A jet roared overhead, nearly close enough to part my hair, as C.J. asked the question. I dabbed hamburger juice from my chin. “Burgers of where?” I asked before my brain … 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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Lexie Kahn Gives a Damn

The check arrived – a tidy sum that would have kept me in chicken salad sandwiches and Frappuccinos for a month. Ms. Khan plunked down a credit card from her boss lady’s eponymous foundation. Well, the trustees weren’t going to … Continue reading

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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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