Category Archives: It’s part of the language!

The Pompatos of Love!

Poetry and literature can be explicated.  Writings by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats and Coleridge are a mystery at first reading, but many scholars and academicians read, dissect, explain and regurgitate the meaning and reasoning of all written things throughout history.  Unlike … Continue reading

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America the Industrious!

The images pervade American history books.  Images that reflect an industrious, hardworking America–  a 18th Century colonist wielding an axe, a 20th Century steel worker pouring a white-hot ingot, a 19th Century railroad worker pinning down a steel track with … Continue reading

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Philly to English; English to Philly!

Charles Berlitz, linguist and language teacher, garnered a fortune developing books and courses teaching people to speak languages other than their own.  When I studied German in high school and college, I made it a point to tuck a pocket-sized … Continue reading

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One Man’s Dandelion Is Another Man’s Daisy!

The dandelion is a much misaligned little flower with a bad rap! In North America, it is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring, dotting lawns and landscapes with its bright yellow flowers. As beautiful as this … Continue reading

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O.K. I’m a Blatant Heterosexual!

I’m waiting for the guy who walks into the party and exclaims, “O.K.  I don’t care who it offends, but I’m heterosexual!”  Will anybody care?  Probably not.  Perhaps it will invoke a few chuckles, maybe a couple of raised eyebrows, … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rapsody!

John Debella was taking requests on his morning radio show at Philadelphia’s Classic Rock WMGK a few years ago when he received this call: “WMGK, what can I play for you, my man!” John said. With slightly slurred speech a … Continue reading

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Tricks of the Trade and Rules of Thumb!

Even in a high-tech precision world, not much is accomplished without a few “tricks-of-the-trade” or “rules of thumb.”  Why?  Because, despite mechanization and computer manipulation, there is a real world filled with real people who are tasked with getting things … Continue reading

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Trees

“I think that I will never see a poem as lovely as a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer.  As you read the rest of this simple-minded poem, you get the distinct impression that Mr. Kilmer didn’t get out much, or if … Continue reading

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Make up your mind to resolve!

Make a motion, make a resolution, Trenton makes the world takes.   Between the slackers and the fakers is a world full of makers. No movers or shakers, though.  No one resolves anything anymore.  They make it! Every year at New … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Remember George Carlin’s Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television?  One of those infamous words was “tits,” and George thought it didn’t even belong on the list.  “Sounds like a nickname!” he said, “Hey, Tits, com’ere! Tits, Toots!  Toots, Tits!”  … Continue reading

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