Category Archives: GALLIMAUFRY

What’s Happened?

What’s happened to what I used to think of as American values and ideals? Waterboarding, Guantánamo, extraordinary rendition, … Here are some of the thugs and crooks and miscreants that the United States, operating directly in contradiction to its most … Continue reading

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As is the generation of leaves …

Glaukos the son of Hippolokhos addresses his prospective enemy, Diomedes the son of Tydeus, at Iliad 6.146-149: οἵη περ φύλλων γενεὴ τοίη δὲ καὶ ἀνδρῶν. φύλλα τὰ μέν τ’ ἄνεμος χαμάδις χέει, ἄλλα δέ θ’ ὕλη τηλεθόωσα φύει, ἔαρος δ’ … Continue reading

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American Emballage – a ‘vent’

Given that I am inordinately fond of and totally – as it were – attached to my fingertips and nails, I have come over the last few years to develop a bottomless loathing for what I can only subsume under … Continue reading

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On corruption …

Yesterday’s post on Tacitus got me to thinking more about the topic of corruption! Etymologically, our word corruption (from the Latin stem corruption- ) contains the same root as the word rupture.  That root (rup-) has a primary sense of … Continue reading

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Thought for Memorial Day: Free Speech

On this Memorial Day when America honors its veterans I thought it not inappropriate for me to re-post this item I wrote earlier in the year.  Forgive the repetition … and do enjoy the true import of our national celebration … Continue reading

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Language Gender Wars … Once More

Those of you who have been following this blog for some time may recall an earlier posting (‘On Plurals and Gender and Other Grammatical Aliens’) in which I deplore – among other linguistic sins – the shoddy use in English … Continue reading

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The French Election 2012

Sarkozy out, Hollande in – what does it mean? Yes, Hollande in, Sarkozy out!  What indeed does the French election of last Sunday mean? That is the question. My brother, who has lived for many years in France and Sweden, … Continue reading

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