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A snafu


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In indexing this book I have come across the previously un-encountered word “snafu”. What kind of bubble have I been living in? Maybe my whole life has been a snafu and I didn’t know it. Here are some definitions (from here and here): a) a badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation Synonyms: snarl, bedlam, tumult, disarray,

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To live a parnassian life


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Today’s A Word A Day is one that I think I can put to good use. parnassian PRONUNCIATION: (pahr-NAS-ee-uhn) MEANING: adjective: Of or relating to poetry. ETYMOLOGY: After Mount Parnassus, a mountain in Greece, considered sacred to Apollo, the Greek god of music and poetry, and the Muses. Earliest documented use: 1565.

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Shakespeare’s contribution to English


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Hopefully some readers are enjoying their Shakespeare education. If you think some of the quotes sound cliché, the thing to remember is that it was actually Shakespeare who coined them. You can scroll down at this link to see just some of the many phrases and words that Shakespeare invented . Here is a sample

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Morning prayer for grace


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One of the other things I put on my birthday “list” was a copy of The Book of Common Prayer. I have wanted a copy of this for a long time, and never really known how to go about getting the right one (silly I know, when the world is at my fingertips online). I

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The unicorns in the Bible


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Picture from here. This post has nothing at all to do with anything except that my niece turns five soon, and she, for some reason, has a love of unicorns. I am not one of those people who doesn’t approve of children engaging in play with creatures of mythical or imaginary origins, so I’ve bought

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