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AWADmail Issue 648A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
This holiday season, why not make a gift of words? Here are a few suggestions.
From: Colette Armao (colette.armao dot.ca.gov)
I love your daily newsletter, and look forward to seeing the wit and wisdom in the way you use words. It makes my day. With today's word, though I have to question, does such a thing exist in American politics? I hold out for the possibility, but am less certain of the present state of things.
Colette Armao, Sacramento, California
From: Dave Alden (davealden53 comcast.net)
For baseball fans of a certain age, the immediate memory for the word Solon is the long-time minor league ballclub in Sacramento. Not coincidentally, Sacramento is the state capital of California and the Capitol Building is only a handful of blocks from the site of the long-time ballpark. From Baseball-Reference.com, the Sacramento ballclub first became known as the Senators in 1918 before becoming the Solons in 1936, a name they retained until the coming of Major League baseball to the West Coast drove Sacramento out of affiliated baseball after the 1960 season. After a brief Solon revival for the 1974 to 1976 seasons, the current Sacramento ballclub is the RiverCats. It's a shame that they didn't again resurrect the Solon name.
Dave Alden, Petaluma, California
From: Serge Astieres (serge.astieres gmail.com)
Mazarin was Premier in 17th century France and conducted the affairs with shrewdness. He was clever and succeeded in strengthening the power of the king vs. the rebelling nobles. His name is associated with someone working in the shadow, plotting conspiracies to win the upperhand.
His name can also be used as a first name, especially for girls. "Mazarine" is the name of the "hidden" daughter of the former French President Francois Mitterand.
Serge Astieres, Pringy, France
From: Laura Burns (laurab12 sbcglobal.net)
The Pre-Raphaelites were more prone to what were called irregular unions than to platonic attachments. Nonetheless, it was for the latter that W.S. Gilbert satirized them in the opera Patience:
Then a sentimental passion of a vegetable fashion must
Laura Burns, Galveston, Texas
From: Carolin Damm (carolin.damm uni-jena.de)
One of the novels in which "tontine" is used as a plot device is the great 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie -- of course with an additional twist only Miss Marple is able to see through!
Carolin Damm, Germany
From: Ron Gerard (ron.gerard ntlworld.com)
One of the funniest films of all time, The Wrong Box, is based on a tontine. Thank you so much for reminding me about it.
The original book by Robert Louis Stevenson is hardly funny at all. One of the rare examples of a great film from a not-so-great book.
Ron Gerard, London, UK
From: Ellen Blackstone (ellen 123imagine.net)
Subject: tontine.... on M*A*S*H
One of the most moving M*A*S*H episodes ever... Col. Potter invites Hawkeye and friends to his tent. They think he's going to tell them that he has a dire illness. Instead, he shares with them his tontine, the brandy he and his WWI buddies had been saving -- until the last one died and it came to Col. Potter. Here's the toast.
Ellen Blackstone, Seattle, Washington
From: Alex McCrae (ajmccrae277 gmail.com)
I would suggest that even though Malthus was a man-of-the-cloth, of the Episcopal persuasion to be precise, I would contend that he'd likely have dissuaded his loyal congregants from following God's directive towards Adam and Eve recorded in Genesis 1:28; namely... "be fruitful and multiply".
I would argue that his major hypothesis on the dire consequences for mankind of unfettered world population growth and diminishing food resources reflects his wish to encourage humans, in general, to practice moral restraint, delayed marriage, use of 'natural' contraception, or leading a celibate life... what we'd view today as "taking the moral high-ground".
So there was clearly method in what many of Malthus's peers of his day may have deemed his madness. Malthus did happen to have fathered three children... two daughters and and son. Hmm... so much for practicing what you preach.
Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California
From: Joan Perrin (perrinjoan aol.com)
"What's in a name," to quote Shakespeare.
Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York
From: Carolanne Reynolds, copyeditor/poet (gg at wordsmith.org)
words: the atoms of thought
Carolanne Reynolds, West Vancouver, Canada
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. -Jean Cocteau, writer, artist, and filmmaker (1889-1963)