On being gender-specific Our language used to be full of gender-specific nouns. The Oxford English Dictionary lists many feminine nouns that sank under the weight of history. The W[...]
THE WORD HOUND: Ten Rare and amusing insults by Jan Haber 1. COCKALORUM—a boastful and self-important person; a strutting little fellow. If cockalorum suggests a crowing cock, that[...]
THE WORD HOUND by Jan Haber Question: What character was dropped from the alphabet? The small character “&“ was once the 27th letter of the alphabet. In the early 1800s, when [...]
Health and Science by Jan Haber A little skepticism may be good for the soul. I wonder if you saw the item in Mother Jones datelined Feb. 18. Tom Philpott, in his Food For Thought [...]
Consider the Strawberry by Jan Haber • More than half of U.S. kids pick strawberries as their favorite fruit. • The United States grows 20% of the world’s strawberries—making us th[...]
• A HUGE MAJORITY OF NEW YORKERS ARE SATISFIED WITH HEALTH REFORM COVERAGE 92% of New Yorkers who became newly insured under health reform (“Obamacare”) are completely or somewhat [...]
When we were in the 4th grade we showed off for our friends with antidisestablishmentarianism (28 letters), defined as opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England. [...]
by Jan Haber, Editor, The Nyack Villager E-Cigarettes may not generate smoke, but their presence gives off no shortage of political heat. What they are not: E-Cigarettes contain no[...]