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AWADmail Issue 470A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script
Don't Kill the Oxford Comma!
From: Andrew Pressburger (andpress sympatico.ca)
The word brings one of Jerry Seinfeld's classic lines to mind:
Andrew Pressburger, Toronto, Canada
From: Ken Kirste (kkkirste sbcglobal.net)
W.C. Fields appeared to be influenced by the name of Wodehouse's character when he created Mahatma Kane Jeeves as his nom de plume as screenwriter for his 1940 movie "The Bank Dick".
Ken Kirste, Sunnyvale, California
From: Anirudh Sreerambhatla (anirudh.s2005 gmail.com)
The word Jeeves could be misconstrued by the patrons of Wordsmith, if they haven't read the Jeeves and Wooster collection of books by PG Wodehouse. The author, through Bertie Wooster, describes Jeeves as a man with resources. In the book Right Ho, Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, to whom Jeeves works as a valet, describes him as the person who is approached by people belonging to the cognoscenti whenever they find themselves in any sort of soup.
One must understand Jeeves as a gentleman's gentleman, and not belittle him as a person who carries out the menial jobs which mostly require elbow grease. And for all those who haven't read PGW's works, Right Ho, Jeeves should be a great starting point. It would then give one a deeper insight into Jeeves's Character.
Anirudh Sreerambhatla, Hyderabad, India
From: Margaret Dark Merrivale (mdark telkomsa.net)
My mother -- who lived to be 95 -- was thrasonical when it came to colours elderly gentlewomen ought to wear. She eschewed pink, lavender, grey, and always wore the brightest of reds.
Margaret Dark, Merrivale, South Africa
From: Srinivas Shastri (shastrix gmail.com)
Well, Barmecide certainly had a barmy side :-)
Srinivas Shastri, Bangalore, India
From: Bob Hill (7714909 gmail.com)
Subject: man Friday
Def: A man who is an efficient and faithful aide to someone.
The only person who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.
Bob Hill, Redondo Beach, California
From: Jan Brittan (Skamandercat yahoo.com)
You mean "by contrast", not "by extension" -- "man" and "girl" are pointedly NOT parallel terms, just as "woman" and "boy" would not be. I do realize that sexism has made an aggressive comeback, but let's not take it for granted.
Jan Brittan, Columbus, Ohio
From: Jim Bishop (bishopj emu.edu)
I retired from my public information officer role at Eastern Mennonite University on June 30, 2011, after 40 years. One of my favorite things each morning was reading A.Word.A.Day; as a wordsmith, I learned something new about our marvelous and complex language and communication every day and should have taken time much sooner to simply express my appreciation for your labor of love on our behalf.
Jim Bishop, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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