Monthly Archives: October 2018

Vocabulary: Portention vs. Pretension

“Call and Response,” by Dan Chiasson. The New Yorker, 10/8/2018. (Vocabulary postings are words or phrases I recently came across in reading, did not fully understand, looked up, and discovered something new.) I came across portention in a sentence where … Continue reading

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Learning a Language With An App

I recently read a review of language-learning apps for my tablet, but it warned that it takes 500–4400 hours to become fluent.  With my atrophied brain, I would be on the high end of that range, so devoting 8 hours/day … Continue reading

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Timed Traffic Lights

In the late 1940s, my family drove to New Jersey by going through Philadelphia to Vine Street, then over the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Before that, and for a while after, just for fun, we took the ferry to the New … Continue reading

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A Non-Voter (And Proud of It)

As each election approaches, I am less inclined to vote, not in protest, but just a general feeling that a government should be chosen by those who have to live under it.  The older I get, the less that is … Continue reading

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Finishing School

“Finished,” by Alice Gregory. The New Yorker, 10/8/2018. The term “Finishing School” has a quaint ring to it, like Bette Davis in an old movie, of time gone by, yet my Japanese-American mother-in-law, born in Pasadena, returned to Japan as … Continue reading

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Sears

The first Sears store I was aware of, sometime in the 1940s, was east of 69th Street, near Millbourne. I only went there once. It had the reputation of carrying cheap work clothes, which I did not wear. It seems … Continue reading

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Puns

I’m not a big fan of puns, but here is a list of ten that I found in my diary for 4/25/2010. I have no idea where they came from, but I must have thought they were pretty good eight … Continue reading

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