Yes, I’m Part English. And Irish. And Welsh. And I Haven’t Traveled.

Please see the link at the end of this post.  It goes to a Mental Floss UK article by James Hunt, explaining something most Americans find confusing. Some of us are sophisticated with our ancestry, and some of us are not.  I blame my lack of sophistication on the fact that I’ve never so much as applied for a passport. Still, I’m learning the dialect used by people in the country where most of my father’s family came from:  England.  The internet helps, when I find a website that’s trusted to post accurate information.  The out-of-print reference book British English A … Continue reading Yes, I’m Part English. And Irish. And Welsh. And I Haven’t Traveled.

When (at Least) One Word is Open to Interpretation

Look up the word virgin in the dictionary.  You’ll probably find a description of a person — usually a woman — who has not had sexual relations. Be careful not to limit yourself to strict dictionary definitions when viewing, hearing or reading someone’s creative or philosophical effort.  If the work is good, nearly everything in it is subject to different interpretations.  A few years from now, you may think of a favorite movie, book, etc. differently because you’ve changed. (Editor’s Note: When reading the Voltaire quote below, remember that some foolish people have sex lives.  I’ll bet Voltaire knew a few of … Continue reading When (at Least) One Word is Open to Interpretation