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LONELINESS RECOGNIZED AS A MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEM.

LONELINESS IN THE WORLD. Years ago, I read the haunting observation that loneliness is the biggest social problem in America, but that loneliness is not generally thought of as a social problem because there isn’t anything the government can do … Continue reading

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“A BEACHED WHALE” IS A “STROKE OF GOOD LUCK”.

“A BEACHED WHALE” IS A “STROKE OF GOOD LUCK”. The end of the year Economist had an article comparing the efforts of the French to keep their language pure and the efforts in Iceland to keep their language as close … Continue reading

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SOME LINGUISTS LOOK AT PERIODS IN TEXTING.

SOME LINGUISTS LOOK AT PERIODS IN TEXTING. I posted here about how “um” and “uh” are used in conversation as a signal to show that the speaker is not done. Lauren Collister on the Quartz website writes here about what … Continue reading

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MY EFFORTS TO REPLACE A SET OF STEPS.

MY EFFORTS TO REPLACE A SET OF STEPS. Salvataier’s essay about building things with his brother brought back memories. There came a summer when my mother decided that my brother Elmer and I could and should replace some steps to … Continue reading

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AN INFLATABLE IRISH PUB.

AN INFLATABLE IRISH PUB. This article by Adam Campbell-Schmitt at the Food and Wine website is headlined “This Inflatable Irish Pub Turns Your Backyard Into a Bar.” (link via Instapundit). There is a picture of the pub at the link. … Continue reading

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THE LINGUISTICS OF “UM” AND “UH”.

THE LINGUISTICS OF “UM” AND ‘UH”. I think of linguistics as dealing with words. The Johnson column in the Economist for December 16 dealt with the uses of “um” and “uh”, which to me are not words. It turns out … Continue reading

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MY OBSESSION WITH GARBAGE TRUCKS.

MY OBSESSION WITH GARBAGE TRUCKS. I was pleased to read about Christopher’s obsession with garbage trucks because, as I said in this post, when we were about five, my brother Elmer and I were similarly obsessed with garbage trucks. Our … Continue reading

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A CHILD’S OBSESSION WITH GARBAGE TRUCKS.

A CHILD’S OBSESSION WITH GARBAGE TRUCKS. Michelle Woo reports on a boy named Christopher who loved garbage trucks from the time he was 18 months old. “All day, he would talk about garbage trucks, draw pictures of garbage trucks and … Continue reading

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COSAGACH.

COSAGACH. I have posted several times, including here about the Danish concept of “hygge, the kind of cosiness…that can only be found inside ‘when set against a real or metaphorical cold world outside.’” Annalisa sent me this report by Nora … Continue reading

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THE GOOSE STORY.

THE GOOSE STORY. The goose story is a family story that I have not yet told. It was a favorite of of Mary Jane’s mother’s mother, who was born in a village in Italy. She never learned English so I … Continue reading

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