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Category Archive — language

Word of the Week (172)

Given all that’s being going on in the U.S. lately, it would be an egregious mistake on my point not to commemorate one of our nation’s most stirring events: On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. A defining moment for the Civil Rights Movement, […]

Word of the Week (171)

It’s Christopher Robin’s birthday today. The real Christopher Robin, son of A.A. Milne, was the inspiration for Milne’s Winnie the Pooh series, thanks in part to the stuffed bear who was his constant companion. Once grown, Christopher Milne served with the Royal Engineers during WWII and opened a bookstore with his wife – which proved sometimes […]

Word of the Week (170)

History happens, and Shakespeare reinvents it. Turns out, his Scottish play did involve some truthful pieces of fact. On August 14, 1040, two cousins met each other in battle. Duncan I is killed, and his rival, Macbeth, becomes king. Of course, that version doesn’t evince as much joy as the Bard’s version, complete with witches, […]