Tag Archives: words

All in How You Spell ‘Em

I saw something recently about the difference between the words “fairy” and “faerie.” Really, there’s no difference; the latter is just an archaic spelling. The word comes from the French for “fate,” and therefore “enchantment”; and was applied to many different … Continue reading

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The War on Definitions

‘Tis the season for Bill O’Reilly to get his nativity-themed knickers in a knot over his invented War on Christmas. I thought maybe he’d cover a war on some other holiday this year, like possibly New Year’s. Christmas is less … Continue reading

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I’d Rather Play Noughts and Crosses with You

This week, we take a look at one of the simplest games in existence, and possibly one of the oldest as well. This would be Tic-Tac-Toe, known in the British Commonwealth as Noughts and Crosses. It’s a game where, as … Continue reading

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Look Away, Look Away, Look Away, Dicksy Land

One location in the Oz books that comes across as somewhat troublesome to modern readers is Dicksy Land, a place in the Munchkin Country that Dorothy, the Patchwork Girl, and the Cowardly Lion come across while searching for Ojo in … Continue reading

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