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What’s in a Word: Etmology of “Alienist”

“Later on, when, cured, he leaves the alienist, “he blushes at his anxiety.”. ~Serge Persky I first came across the word “alienist” while watching Stonehearst Asylum, which is very good and I recommend. Unfamiliar with the word, I decided to … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word : Etymology of ‘Theater’

I get too hungry for dinner at eight. I like the theatre, but never come late. I never bother with people I hate. That’s why the lady is a tramp. ~Lorenz Hart, The Lady is a Tramp 1937 The theater … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Tempest’

“We for a certainty are not the first Have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled Their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed Whatever brute and blackguard made the world.” ~ A.E. Housman 1859-1936 My family and I recently saw … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Quisling’

The second article in the What’s In a Word Linguistic Anthropology series is the word ‘quisling’. I heard the word being used during White Collar, where the character “Moz” went on a minor rant about Judases and betrayer and he … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Hungry’

“A hungry man is not a free man.” ~ Adlai Stevenson, speech at Hartford, Conneticut Sometimes I get random bouts of inspiration at the oddest of moments. Such as earlier today, I began thinking about how hungry I was and … Continue reading

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