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AWADmail Issue 1066

A Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Tidbits about Words and Language

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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Subject: marathon

So many messages with personal stories full of kind words, inspiration, and some funny comments. Thank you for sharing. Here’s a selection.

From one marathoner to another, welcome and congratulations. Amateur runners who complete a serious marathon (or more) comprise a brotherhood/sisterhood. Only those amateurs who have ASPIRED, TRAINED, AND FINISHED can understand all facets of the experience. Others cannot understand the motivation, the acceptance of sacrifice and pain, or the reward.
-Bob Weekley, Lexington, Kentucky (bob.weekley earthlink.net)

I think if you had cut your hair you would have knocked off a couple of extra pounds of weight and would have run faster.
-Dr. Ben Griffes, Tarzana, California (stretching4life aol.com)

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Congrats on the marathon and all your good hard work that went into doing it. This is a real accomplishment that you can manage to work into every conversation for the rest of your life.

When I was 44, I ran the 1985 Tucson marathon (Jan 20, 1985) and even now when I meet someone new I eventually slip the fact into the conversation (ahead of my Peace Corps experience in the sixties or my PhD in the seventies or other adventures). The marathon is the centerpiece -- for whatever reason -- and runners and people who have run one get it. You have to do the tough solitary focused work to do it -- there’s no cheating -- and you can’t just keep up your image here. It’s truly rubber-hit-the-road type stuff and you did it.

I was standing with hundreds of runners, none of whom I knew, and just as the starting gun went off the woman standing next to me turned to me and said, “Run gently with purpose.” Best advice I ever had for running or life.
-Judy Bradshaw, Retired runner at 81, Portland, Oregon (igsa75 gmail.com)

I’m always impressed when people run their first at a later age in their life. I’ve run 255 marathons (plus over 25 ultras)! Enjoy your recovery week and good luck in your 2nd marathon!
-Craig A. Davidson, Phoenix, Arizona (craigspike aol.com)

I know what you feel. I ran my first and only marathon to celebrate my 70th birthday. Two years of training but I finished. Had several falls during training but managed to pick myself up and the training included 1 half marathon. Real true the loneliness of the long-distance runner. I was fortunate that my son who normally had an under four-hour time lurked at the back with me.
-Alan Unerman, London, UK (alanunerman btinternet.com)

Congratulations on completing the Seattle Marathon! It’s no small feat, particularly in light of the list of daunting complications. Now you can start the endless obsession with improving your time, tweaking your training and diet, and absorbing the copious literature on running. Best of all, as you’re already aware, you know that focused physical activity is the best possible antidote to exactly the kinds of troubles you overcame to get to the finish line.

I have run ten marathons and a couple of ultras. Beginning at the age of thirty I made a ritual of running my age on my birthday every year, up to 44, when the logistics of such long runs became too much. My times were never great, the best marathon clocking in at a shade under three-and-a-half hours. Now, at seventy, I’ve had to settle into walking, but I still manage eight or nine miles every morning. There’s no guarantee that it will help me live longer, but there’s no question that it has helped me live better.
-Richard Wakefield, Federal Way, Washington (rpwakefi aol.com)

Some years, I’m on the elliptical while watching the New York City Marathon. That’s as close as I’ve gotten!
-Ellen Feld, Ridgewood, New Jersey (ellen.sue.feld gmail.com)

For me, running has always been therapeutic. If I can brag for a moment, I’ve run a marathon on every continent (including Antarctica) and am now a member of the Seven Continents Club -- I think it’s still on the website.
-Terry Slemko, Onoway, Canada (yslemko xplornet.ca)

I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in DC three times. Number 2 was just awful. Unusually hot and muggy. Runners dropping like flies. Two Marine Corpsmen are at the finish line and one says to the other, “I’ve got a dropper at 25 yards.” Sure enough the runner hits the finish line and face plants. They call another Corpsman and put the guy on a gurney to go to the medical tent. I say to the remaining Corpsman, “Thank you, Marine, for your help with the Marathon.”
With a deadpan look he replies, “Sir, this is not a marathon. Sir, this is a mass casualty drill.”
-Bob Blackford, Addison, Texas (bobblackford gmail.com)

Commiserating with the above, life threw an awful lot at you in the last few years. Continue to be BSK: brave, strong, and kind.

I often think that life is like a jigsaw puzzle, with no box or picture -- and you’re not even sure you have all the pieces either.

Blessings to you for all you do and the bright light that you are.
-Sandra Stevens, North Royalton, Ohio (bronoff.s gmail.com)

Each year between Thanksgiving and Jan 1, I set a goal to indoor row a minimum of 100,000 meters. This keeps me from becoming lethargic/lazy and I get to enjoy all the great foods this time of year without the guilt. In 2018, before running injuries set in, I rowed 165,200 meters. The challenge is somewhat fun... somewhat.
-Dennis Ruby, Woodside, California (todmruby gmail.com)

There is an adage, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” What is happening at this moment may be of momentary importance, but it is but a blip when compared to the time we have on this spinning globe. (Which, of course, is but a blip in cosmic time, but that’s another story.)

Unlike you, I’m a prime candidate for one of those oval stickers that reads “0.0 - I Don’t Run.” But when I lived in New Jersey, aside from my 40-hour-a-week paying job, I volunteered in an administrative capacity for 38 years with my hometown Little League Baseball program. That’s long enough to see children and even grandchildren come through. The preparation for each season was a fair amount of work, but the payoff came in seeing the (mostly) smiling faces on the players.
-Charles O’Reilly, Rutherford, New Jersey (charliez0726 gmail.com)

My 42 marathons helped save my life. I was training for my 43rd (Boston) scheduled for Apr 20, 2009, when I had an aortic dissection on Apr 5. The surgeon was quite clear: had I not been in good physical shape, I would have never made it to his operating table. (At 80, I am no longer able to run, but still try to keep in shape. I’m sure you nod approval that we contribute to UPENN. There is about a 90% mortality rate for dissections).
-Elliot Gordon, Princeton Junction, New Jersey (soundscience comcast.net)

Anu surges, but the pack is right on his heels...
Anu surges in marathon, but the pack is right on his heels :)
-Charles Payne, San Jose, California (charlierp gmail.com)

My First Marathon (never ask a cardiologist for podiatric advice)

Until rather late in life, I firmly believed that running was justified only if a ball was involved, but at the urging of my son (an Ironman finisher) I decided to give distance running a try. So, with some reservation, I began to participate in short-distance weekend road races and found I didn’t need to be chasing a ball to enjoy it. After a few confidence-building months I found the lure of the annual Honolulu Marathon was too much to resist.

As training distances increased, I began to suffer a common distance runners’ problem. My right large toe had turned black -- a condition called, oddly enough, black toe.

Fortunately, Dr. Jack S., a cardiologist and icon of Honolulu marathoning was available for consultation. When I approached Dr. S. with my black toe issue, he advised that my running shoe toe box was too small and I should cut the toe off. That sounded like a pretty extreme measure until he clarified that he was referring to the shoe and not the damaged digit.

I followed his advice, cut the toe off the shoe, and found that the toe was no longer causing me a problem. Ready for the marathon.

The 26.2 mile course around Diamond Head is mostly flat so hills were not a factor. I was actually enjoying this early morning contest, even passing a number of other runners. One runner I took particular notice of was a big bearded guy wearing a pink tutu. Smart ass! I felt quite pleased that at least I wouldn’t be finishing behind him.

As I approached mile 25, I found that what had been only a minor annoyance had become a major problem. The insert in my modified right shoe had worked its way half way out of the open toe and was flapping sufficiently to affect my running. I moved to the side of the road to remove the offending insert, but when I bent over to grab it, my abdominal muscles locked up in pain. I was physically unable to make the necessary stretch to reach the shoe.

Meanwhile, blue-haired women and small children were pouring by on their way to the finish line. And, Oh No! the pink tutu ran by with a smirk on his hairy face. In desperation, I approached a Japanese lady sitting on the curb and in my limited Japanese vocabulary, pointed at my shoe and said “Dozo.” She quickly understood my dilemma and gave the insert a tug. “Domo arigato,” I said, exhausting the rest of my vocabulary, and dashed off to finish the remaining 1.2 miles of the course. Well ahead of me I saw flashes of a pink tutu; so, refreshed by my unplanned stop at mile 25, and motivated by periodic views of a pink tutu, I covered the remaining distance, passing the pink tutu with 100 yards to spare. Over the years I would go on to finish a dozen Honolulu Marathons, with a best time under 4 hours and without podiatric advice from a cardiologist and without anyone in a pink tutu to chase.
-John Wallace, San Diego, California (verbloodt gmail.com)

I am running the marathon of living alone for the past 15 years and into the future and consequently am developing knowledge and skill about combating loneliness. I have read research this morning that one can be lonely, even if in a relationship - and my experience confirms this including with a long-standing current friend .
-Darrel Blake, South Africa (darrelcoach worldonline.co.za)

I have completed nine marathons and multiple other races. I was training to run my tenth in Chicago when I began slipping and experiencing numbness. After a lengthy time of diagnostic tests, I was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis in 2010. I can no longer run. I understand now the power of being upright and moving forward at any speed. That is my marathon now everyday.
-Patricia O’Brien, Pueblo, Colorado (drpob1 gmail.com)

Thank you so much for sharing your marathon experience, endurance on both sides of the start line. I am really inspired even though the only time I run is if I’m catching a stray animal. I’m a runner on the inside and I really appreciated your story. It’s going to help me with my own endurance as I get my 92-year-old mom through dementia and beyond.
-Cindy Lamb, Louisville, Kentucky (lambscribe aol.com)

Your marathon experience is remarkably similar to mine. I started running marathons at around 74, fell from a treadmill (after fainting) and had to have two holes drilled into my skull to drain the concussion blood, prefer running alone (on the Bay of Fundy dykes in Nova Scotia), never listen to anything but the sounds around me, say Hello to every other runner or walker that I pass, and prefer the quiet of “the loneliness of the long-distance runner”, watching the occasional wildlife around me (mostly eagles). In the race, I enjoy the crowd of similarly afflicted people at the start of each race, understanding with great respect all the effort they all put into preparing for the race (just as you describe it), and then suffer the rest.

I must warn you that the race never gets easier -- I have done 29 marathons so far and I am amazed how long the race is every time I run it. Now I am getting ready for my 30th marathon, very possibly the last one -- at 83, my body is beginning to refuse to cooperate.
-Ivan Tomek, Wolfville, Canada (ivan.tomek acadiau.ca)

I live in the Western Balkans where people have run their marathon for centuries. The goal of their marathon has been to live on their own without various oppressors telling them what to do and how to live. Such a goal is so righteous, attractive, and inspirational making the marathon going on until the goal is reached.
-Jasna Vijtiuk, Malo Blašo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (jasnavijtiuk gmail.com)

The closest thing to a marathon that I’ve accomplished was completely unintentional. I signed up for a free month of martial arts in order to help my then-nine-year-old son. I ended up sticking with it for 15 years (until Covid) and reaching third-degree Black Belt!
-Ann Mosconi, Dayton, Ohio (AnnaLaLoca aol.com)

I just completed writing 50,000 words of fiction in the month of November: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) My first NaNoWriMo marathon resulted in publication of a suspense/romance, Dark Moon Over Brooklyn. This latest effort will grow into a sequel.
-M.J. Van Buren, Topeka, Kansas (mjvanburen gmail.com)

After running many 5ks and 10ks and the Austin half-marathon, I ran the Dallas Marathon. I like to say I’ve run two marathons in my life, my first and my last. I would have quit in one of those last four miles if the bus had come by, but it didn’t. At 77 it is a warm feeling and memory of an accomplishment.
-John O’Connell, Auburn, Alabama (joconn2119 aol.com)

My first marathon was a very slow one. I spent 23 years reading Durant’s Story of Civilization. Afterwards, I completed many more much quicker. I listened to all of Mozart’s music, which is about 250 CDs. I watched the top 100 Ted Talks. I watched all the Oscar-winning best pictures as well as IMDb’s top 250 movies. In a sprint, I listened to all VH1’s top 100 albums. I read all of Mark Twain’s books and over a year I read the Bible. I spent another year reading all Shakespeare’s plays. During Covid lockdowns I watched all the Charlie Chaplin movies. I also have a six-year streak on Duolingo. I’m currently most of the way through Disney’s theatrically released animated feature films. I started reading a book in every Dewey decimal number, but I’m not sure I’ll live long enough to finish that marathon.
-Dave Hewitt, Wyoming, Michigan (dahewitt hotmail.com)

My only marathons have been labor and childbirth. The first hours are easy, then you are forced to run faster, and the last mile you are whipped to sprint faster and faster!
-Laura Brindle, St. Louis, Missouri (lbrindle yahoo.com)

Bringing a book, Disturbed In Their Nests, to completion is the greatest marathon of my life. An idea or piece of information becomes a fixation. There’s the learning curve of the craft which can only be accomplished by doing, just like a running marathon. There are bursts of brilliance and inspiration, and lonely setbacks. Publishing is not the finish line, it’s only halfway. But the whole journey, and experiences that come with it, are so worthwhile.
-Judy A. Bernstein, San Diego, California (judyabernstein aol.com)

Read more readers’ comment about marathons in the online supplement.

From: Craig Good (clgood me.com)
Subject: It is useless to attempt to reason ...

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. -Jonathan Swift, satirist (30 Nov 1667-1745)

It can be frustrating, but here I sit, a man who was reasoned out of something I was never reasoned into. Escaping the intellectual and psychological shackles of religious faith is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

I was reasoned out of faith, and subsequently reasoned out of creationism. I’m much happier here in reality now.

Craig Good, Vallejo, California

From: Tobias Robison (tobyr21 gmail.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--dromomania

If dromomania is a compulsive desire to travel, then bactromania is a compulsive desire to travel while one-upping those dromomanians.

Toby Robison, Princeton, New Jersey

From: Shivaji Biswas (shiv0304 hotmail.com)
Subject: my own (manic) thoughts for the week

You were my word deity until now, but after sharing your personal journey with us on Monday, you are now so much more human, like a close friend who visits me everyday and checks on me.

Here are my own (manic) thoughts for the day, sorry, week.

marathon: destroy the fun in running by going on and on for 26.2 miles

troche: an atrocious (posh) British way of pronouncing the low-key Polo mint

interlope: when antelopes run away to marry

prodrome: activists who are in favour of building more airports and runways

dromomania: 1. the crazy ways of a drone 2. the crazy way of an uncontrolled mind that roams far and wide

Shivaji Biswas, Rochdale, UK

Our Marathon Man
From: Alex McCrae (ajmccrae277 gmail.com)
Subject: Marathon and Dromomania

Here, I celebrate Anu Garg’s marathon achievement this past weekend. He’s just crossed the finish line, undoubtedly relieved that he’d completed the 26.2-mile endurance test, while swelling with self-pride that he’s no longer a “marathon virgin”. Ha! Congrats Anu!

She's a Dromomaniac
One of the unavoidable pet peeves of gym culture is having to wait, interminably, for a particular favorite apparatus that’s been hogged by a fellow gym-goer who appears oblivious to others in-waiting. Here, an enthusiastic gal seems so zoned out on her treadmill run that she’s lost track of time.

Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California


This week’s theme: Words originating in running
1. Marathon
2. Troche
3. Interlope
4. Prodrome
5. Dromomania
= 1. Or mammoth task ruins oomph
2. Sweet or dragee
3. Might hinder
4. Intro or opener
5. Wandering inclination
     This week’s theme: Words originating in running
1. Marathon
2. Troche
3. Interlope
4. Prodrome
5. Dromomania
= 1. Ironman hero competition
2. Smooth drug dose
3. Horn in
4. Alert, pre-warning
5. It takes him or me wandering
-Julian Lofts, Auckland, New Zealand (jalofts xtra.co.nz) -Dharam Khalsa, Burlington, North Carolina (dharamkk2 gmail.com)
This week’s theme: Words originating in running
1. Marathon
2. Troche
3. Interlope
4. Prodrome
5. Dromomania
= 1. That long racier inning
2. Round mini sweet
3. Hmm... poke nose into
4. I presage horrid morrow threat
5. Nomad
     This week’s theme: Words originating in running
1. Marathon
2. Troche
3. Interlope
4. Prodrome
5. Dromomania
= 1. Long-distance run
2. Dragee
3. Re Mother’s whim poking her nose in
4. Pointer or trait
5. Mind to roam on a whim
-Shyamal Mukherji, Mumbai, India (mukherjis hotmail.com) -Robert Jordan, Lampang, Thailand (alfiesdad ymail.com)

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I regard the endurance event
Opportune. It’s a gift, Heaven sent.
While my husband has fun
On his marathon run,
I am free to pursue my own bent.
-Tony Holmes, Launceston, UK (tony_holmes btconnect.com)

From Marathon he had to run
To Athens, but t’wasn’t for fun.
No email, you see,
In 490 BC,
When the Persians, at last, were undone.
-Rudy Landesman, New York, New York (ydur36 hotmail.com)

Disappointed, the food paragon
had entered a cook’s marathon.
He mightn’t have lost,
had he not over-sauced
his entry with strong tarragon.
-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

Who needs 26 miles of a race
To reach marathon status apace.
Make it past 85
And still be alive!
(And every mile shows on your face!)
-Bindy Bitterman, Chicago, Illinois (bindy eurekaevanston.com)

“Of brevity Donald’s no paragon;
His rallies are truly a marathon,”
Sighed the Proud Boy. “But soon
He’ll say, ‘Fight! Be my goon!’
And I’m ready with gallows from Amazon!”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


Sherlock Holmes, taking Watson’s advice,
Has abandoned his pipe-smoking vice,
And lets troches dissolve
When he’s problems to solve --
And in consequence, has to think twice.
-Tony Holmes, Launceston, UK (tony_holmes btconnect.com)

My cough’s a distraction, I fear,
To all in the audience here.
People glare and they curse
As it only grows worse --
Oh, thanks for the trochee, my dear!
-Marion Wolf, Bergenfield, New Jersey (marionewolf yahoo.com)

Jane went with her friends for a nosh,
And spied a cute bloke name of Josh.
But, the onions she ate,
Made her breath not so great.
So she quickly sought a mint troche.
-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

When the doctor says, “Here, take this troche,”
I quickly reply, “Okey-dokey!”
He’s a Feelgood, it’s true,
But why sit feeling blue?
Now I’m ready to sing karaoke
! -Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


Word has reached me, my son and his bride
Will be sailing away with the tide.
Since they plan to elope,
I may well interlope ...
They can take me along -- for the ride.
-Tony Holmes, Launceston, UK (tony_holmes btconnect.com)

With that woman I just cannot cope.
You ask why? Well, I’ll give you the dope.
Even though she’s my wife
And the love of my life,
Her pestering does interlope.
-Rudy Landesman, New York, New York (ydur36 hotmail.com)

Says she to her friends,”I would hope
that none of you’d dare interlope
when I happen to be
watching TV,
keeping up with my favorite soap!”
-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

“Please don’t interlope any more!”
Her daughter was known to implore.
“Whenever we eat,
You still cut my meat --
Remember I’m now twenty-four.”
-Marion Wolf, Bergenfield, New Jersey (marionewolf yahoo.com)

Would their parents, they feared, interlope?
To conventional courtship, then, nope.
A quick-fire wedding,
was where they were heading,
and drew up a plan to elope.
-Shyamal Mukherji, Mumbai, India (mukherjis hotmail.com)

“Into Caesar’s realm don’t interlope;
Withhold taxes, you ask? I say ‘Nope’!
Render him what is his,
For it is what it is.
When Rome falls, we’ll take charge with a Pope.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


He experienced a prodrome to pain.
Its causes he could not explain.
He’d complain all day long,
Though there was nothing wrong.
Hypochondria strikes once again.
-Rudy Landesman, New York, New York (ydur36 hotmail.com)

The hospital treated me well,
But their findings, tho obvious, hell!
My diminished ability,
Prodrome of senility --
Yes, even yours truly could tell!
-Bindy Bitterman, Chicago, Illinois (bindy eurekaevanston.com)

While out with some friends she’d explain
That over her eye was a pain.
Since she had a prodrome,
Decided to go home,
To tend to an oncoming migraine.
-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

As Jesus was nailed to the cross,
He said, “Soon you’ll know who’s the real Boss.
You’d better not crow, Rome;
I’m merely a prodrome
Of stones that will gather no moss.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


Yes, the world is my oyster and I
Will explore ev’ry inch ere I die.
Dromomania, for me,
Is “I must go and see!”
And if need be, I’ll cut every tie.
-Tony Holmes, Launceston, UK (tony_holmes btconnect.com)

Whether it’s cold or it’s hot,
whether you like it or not,
sunny or rainy, ya
know dromomania
means you will travel a lot!
-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

For wanderlust I’ve found a cure.
I simply sign up for a tour.
Dromomania’s grand --
I have seven trips planned!
Though this is expensive, for sure.
-Marion Wolf, Bergenfield, New Jersey (marionewolf yahoo.com)

Once again you’re all packed, heidy-ho!
Seventh time this year! Where? You don’t know!
Yeah, it may seem insane o’ ya
But your dromomania
Lets me rent out your room! Off ya go!
-Bindy Bitterman, Chicago, Illinois (bindy eurekaevanston.com)

“I’m afraid zat you haf dromomania;
Yet another vorld tour is insane o’ ya,”
Said the shrink. “But I’m sure
Of a vell-proven cure;
Take a voyage aboard Lusitania.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


To raise money for her stable of female horses, the feminist started a marathon.
-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

“Watch every Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie and more this weekend during our Rooney Marathon!” said the ad.
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

He called his mediocre cough drop his okie troche.
-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

“Lock thief up and troche away,” said Judge Oog.
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

“You have to be famous to get a tomb in Westminster Abbey,” the Archbishop explained. “We interlope-ople underground.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

Said the drunken golfer as he stumbled out of the cart, “I pashed out during my leshon so the prodrome-e back to the clubhoushe.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

“Your cartoon characters don’t look quite crazy enough,” Said the Looney Tunes director. “Ah’ll dromomania,” answered the animator.
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

Racist Trifecta
From: Alex McCrae (ajmccrae277 gmail.com)
Subject: Racist Trifecta

On the heels of Trump announcing his third run for the presidency, he broke bread... well, KFC extra-crispy, with self-avowed anti-Semite Ye (aka Kanye West), and his white-supremacist pal, Nick Fuentes. Trump claimed Fuentes was never invited and that he had no clue who he was. As in his 2016 campaign run when Trump insisted he didn’t know who his avid supporter David Duke was (America’s most well-known racist and anti-Semite according to ADL). If we judge a person by the company they keep, then Trump hovers between the despicable and the pathetic.
Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind. -Thomas Carlyle, essayist and historian (4 Dec 1795-1881)

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