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  • The cussedness of the English speaker

    In a charming book by David and Hilary Crystal about sites in Britain important in the history of the English language,* there is a passage on Dryden and Swift and the eternally recurring and eternally hopeless call for an academy to regulate the English language. 
  • Words and years

    As if living through the past year were not trial enough to endure, we are about to be subjected to everyone's year-in-review retrospective. Among the year-end rituals, one of the more light-hearted is the various word nerd efforts to establish a Word...

    NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to resign

    NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to resign
    Credited with reenergizing and modernizing the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous announced Sunday he will step down from his position at the end of the year. In a statement, Jealous said he wanted to...

    You could look it up

    Perhaps before we publish, or read, any more inane articles about lexicography, we might take a moment to reflect on what dictionaries are for.  One of the latest misguided (read: stupid) articles on the subject is by Michael Dirda in The Washington...

    Longtime assistant at St. Nicholas retires to Detroit [South Laurel/Montpelier]

    Parishioners at St. Nicholas Church recently bid farewell to the Rev. Frank Gignac, S.J. who had served for many years as assistant to the pastor. Father Frank, as he likes to be known, assisted regularly at the parish since 1984 when he joined friend and...