Entries from June 2007

Watch your language Dept. : OBLITERATE, OB-LITERATE…

Published on June 24th, 2007 by Malachi

6/24/07, 10:58 PM Obliterate –a word with an interesting built-in message. Definition: To do away with completely; destroy so as to leave no trace. [Etymology: Latin –obliterare, “to strike out words.”] Literacy, we know. But, New word: Obliteracy? (Lennie Lopate does a section every month, “Three Little Words” a show about words with “word-maven” Patricia […]

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ASSESSING THE SURGE? –Mark my words: “Here come the weasels!….”

Published on June 24th, 2007 by Malachi

Have you been watching the slipping and sliding, and the increasingly mealy-mouthed language that W. and his crew have been using to describe “the surge” and that hard-and-fast assessment which we were told we would have by September? (Plan A, it turns out, was “All mealy-mouth, all the time. Plan B will be “Mealy Mouth […]

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PART 2 of my “Work in Progress”: “The Strange Story of Hermann Gebler”.

Published on June 18th, 2007 by Malachi

In PART 1 of my “Work in Progress” report on the book I am working on, “The Strange Story of Hermann Gebler”, I wrote: “I became interested in the story of Hermann Gebler when my youngest brother Jerome, who still lives in Cobh, County Cork, told me about two years ago that he had come […]

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