Category Archives: Plain English

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!”

“Last one in’s a rotten egg!“ (The last one to jump into the water is a rotten egg.) As it relates to ducklings following their mother and taking the plunge for the first time. This etymological inquiry was inspired by … Continue reading

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urban DICTIONARY Entry #4 – w/o Character Limits

Cluster Fuck As an integral part of modern infantry training specifically regarding the single file movement of troops, afoot or on patrol was an oft-heard admonition to “Keep your interval!“ The interval or space between infantry soldiers on the move … Continue reading

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Encyclopædia Britannica vs Merriam-Webster, Inc.

We may never know why, shortly after our American born Merriam-Webster, Inc. and its many, many dictionaries and publications were purchased by and became a subsidiary of the British Encyclopædia Britannica in The Year of The Poison Pill (1964) that, … Continue reading

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Nine Years a Housewife

Today is my 68th birthday. Looking back on the totality of my life I find it altogether inexplicable and absurd. I should have died several times but I didn’t. From a fever at six months; near-drownings; a burning airplane and … Continue reading

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Selective Service – Women in the Draft

So, there I was, driving that little Yellow Cab. It was early morning and the end of an otherwise fruitless, unremarkable night. Traffic was picking up but it was a good last pull out to the airport. My fare was … Continue reading

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Get a bigger Młotek

Młotek (mwahtek) is the Polish word for hammer. My uncles often used this term in doing repairs around the house. On those occasions when they found themselves in a mechanically sticky or arduous situation they would advise: “Get a bigger … Continue reading

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It’s Not Like I Don’t Think It’s a Good Idea

It’s not like I don’t think it’s a good idea; as a matter of fact, I think it’s a great idea. Throughout history, it’s always been an undeniably good idea for a woman to somehow latch onto a man of … Continue reading

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