"You don't know much about politics. Rule number one: Whoever speaks out of both sides of their mouth the best wins the election.”
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
A Goldendoodle is a cross-breed/hybrid dog obtained by breeding a golden retriever with a poodle. The name was coined in 1992. A Labradoodle is a crossbred dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle. The term first appeared in 1955, but was not popularized until 1988, when the mix began to be used as an allergen-free guide dog. Wikipedia
Latin is not dead. Knowledge of Latin unveils the relics of Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes that compose much of English. A valuable resource and a must for all of us is Donald Ayers' book English Words from Latin and Greek Elements. In his book, a careful review of the Latin base or root, "spir-" means "breathe" and its web of words created with different Latin prefixes is just one of many examples that enrich our vocabulary. In English there is no verb spire, however because of Latin we have aspire, aspirate, conspire, expire, inspire, respire, perspire and transpire. With these words, the prefixes give us an idea how these words relate to breathing. The prefix "ad-" means "to" or "toward" and from here we have the word aspire meaning to breathe toward or pant after something which can be interpreted as something we want, when we aspire. The prefix "con-" means "together with" or "in union" therefore conspire means to breathe together or has a meaning related to uniting for a specific purpose. "Ex-" means "out" therefore expire has us thinking about breathing out until it becomes our last breath. Vincent Valentine http://www.ishlt.org/ContentDocuments/2013DecLinks_Ed-Corner.html
Rupt is a Latin root meaning "break." Examples of English words using rupt are: erupt, interrupt, rupture, bankrupt and abrupt. Find a list of roots and prefixes at http://ms.loganhocking.k12.oh.us/~madame/english/roots.html
Words that have their spellings changed owing to mispronunciation, a process known as metathesis.
mullion (MUHL-yuhn) noun A vertical piece of stone, wood, metal, etc., dividing a window or other opening. From transposition of sounds of Middle English moniel, from Anglo-Norman moynel, from Latin medius (middle). Ultimately from the Indo-European root medhyo- (middle), which is also the source of middle, mean, medium, medal (originally a coin worth a halfpenny), mezzanine, mediocre, Mediterranean, moiety, and Hindi madhya (middle). Earliest documented use: 1556.
sprattle (SPRAT-l) noun: A scramble or struggle. verb intr.: To scramble or struggle.
From Scottish sprattle, from switching of sounds in spartle (to scatter). Earliest documented use: 1500. A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
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From: Warren Prince Subject: mullion Oh, wow. You struck a chord with your very first sentence this week: I am working (as pianist) on a Broadway show tour (whose name I prudently will not mention), and at one point the cast is supposed to sing the words "the cavalry's coming." For some reason the majority of them have said and sung 'calvary' instead of 'cavalry', even after gentle corrections.
After noticing that Campbell's tomato soup was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, I searched the product in Environmental Working Group's new Food Scores database, and found it rated 6.0. (Best score is 1.0 and worst score is 10.0.) Listed ingredients are: TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVORING, CITRIC ACID, LOWER SODIUM NATURAL SEA SALT, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), MONOPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE. http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/products/051000000118-CampbellsCondensedSoupsTomatoSoupTomato There are more than 80,000 searchable foods, and you can perform your own search right from the previous link.
Madison Bumgarner on October 29, 2014, pitched the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series win in five years with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7.
Find World Series winners, records and results, 1903-2014, at http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/ Post-season games prior to 1903 were considered exhibitions, and these are listed from 1884-1892.
Seventy-five years ago, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country's most famous literary reading series, at New York's 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. The center is celebrating this diamond jubilee with a project called "," which pairs rare recordings of readings from its archives (now available, free, online) with contemporary essays by some of today's most acclaimed writers. Cynthia Ozick is one of those writers. She was in her 20s and fresh out of grad school when her husband bought her a $20 season subscription to the reading series at the 92nd Street Y. There, she heard T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Marianne Moore and W.H. Auden. She calls the time "the age of colossal poets," and she says the 92nd Street Y was their cathedral "You sat there and you saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight, and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization in the 92nd Street Y in the 1950s," Ozick says. "Or so it struck me then, when I was sitting there and thinking, 'I want to be a writer.' " For her contribution to "75 at 75," Ozick hearing W.H. Auden read in the Y's cavernous, mahogany-paneled theater. "There was something in his voice which made everything intimate because it was a conversation, even though there he was standing up in this enormously brilliant light," she says. Auden was one of the first writers to be recorded by the Y, even though the series had begun more than a decade earlier. The Poetry Center's archives capture some of this country's best-known writers: In 1953, Eudora Welty read her signature short story "Why I Live At The P.O."from her first book, and Dylan Thomas, born 100 years ago, . Tom Vitale http://www.npr.org/2014/10/27/359331302/75-years-of-colossal-poets-and-live-literature-at-nycs-92nd-street-y
See listings for Unterberg Poetry Center Main Reading Series, October 31, 2014-May 21, 2015 at http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Literary-Readings/Main-Reading-Series.aspx
Read the poem Halloween written in 1785 by Robert Burns and link to a reading by Ralph Riach at http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/works/halloween/
http://librariansmuse.blogspot.com Issue 1211 October 31, 2014 On this date in 1913, the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across the United States, was dedicated. Recommended reading: The Lincoln Highway: Main Street Across America, text and photographs by Drake Hokanson, tenth anniversary edition, University of Iowa Press, 1999. See Drake Hokanson, Photographs and Words at http://drakehokanson.squarespace.com/