Entries Tagged as 'Language Usage'

A Thanksgiving Day discussion of the word “Spic”. Should it be used?

Published on November 26th, 2009 by Malachi

I found an entry on Facebook about an hour ago, from a friend and poet Marguerite Maria Rivas: it went something like this: “This is an article well worth reading, a response to El Museo del Barrio’s use of the word in their recent poetry presentation, “Spic up and Speak out” [] So –I looked […]

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Frogs, anyone? I love frogs; I am on the side of frogs; I admit it –I am a Ranaphiliac!

Published on February 24th, 2009 by Malachi

In fact, I am so much a Ranaphiliac, that it was I who invented the Word back in….when was it. I wrote The Book on Frogs: I called it “Ranaphilia: Love of Frog.” “Rana” meaning “Frog” and/or “Toad”, and “-philia” meaning “Love of”. “Ranaphilia” is a set of three miniature books in a hand-painted miniature […]

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Watch your language: Pronouncing on “erry-you-dite”.

Published on March 4th, 2008 by Malachi

For me, easily the most annoying mispronunciation in vogue is…(I hope my phonetic rendition* is recognizable) …”erry-you-dite”. That’s “erudite” to you. (I trust.) Actually it’s been around for some time, but it seems to have been in high overuse since William F. Buckley died. A backhanded tribute, if ever there was one Did you notice […]

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