Category Archives: Language

Glutton for Punnishness

Something I’ve looked at before is the nature of puns in the Oz series, and how they can serve different purposes. Some are purposely made by the characters, some are asides, and others are just kind of part of the … Continue reading

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Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather (and a Few Without)

I don’t think I’ve ever really written specifically about the birds in the Oz series, and there are quite a few of them. When Dorothy first arrives in Oz, she sees “birds with rare and brilliant plumage” in the Munchkin … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need a Rationale to Sing the Internationale

They Might Be Giants, My Murdered Remains – Even though TMBG’s albums tend to have a lot of songs, there are also quite a few they record that don’t make the cut, many of which are still quite good or … Continue reading

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I’m Going to Lowryland!

Friends, has this ever happened to you? You finish a book but don’t write about it right away, because you can’t think of that much to say. Then you finish several others, but don’t have the chance to write, so … Continue reading

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Songs from the Naughty List

It’s strange how sometimes I’ll see topics trending on the Internet as if they’re something new when they’re obviously not. That’s not to say that I mind discussing the same topics repeatedly (I do it all the time, as you … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Soros at Me

One of the mail bombs found in the last few days was sent to George Soros, someone I think I’ve only heard of from right-wing conspiracy theories. Conservatives blame this guy for EVERYTHING they don’t like, from funding protests to … Continue reading

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