Monthly Archives: July 2011

DARE-STRACTION – Call Hogs

A localised phrase from the Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard Uni Press) Call Hogs v. phr: To snore (also Call Pigs, Call Cows and Call Dogs) and Drive Pigs (& varr.) From the Scots ‘Call’ – To Drive and … Continue reading

Posted in Dictionary of American Regional English | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Kepwies Like Watermelon: The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why?

In the June 14th New York Review of Books Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics & International Affairs at Princeton, and Robin Wells Krugman, former Professor of Economics at Princeton, place the return to avaricious profit in Wall St. in the … Continue reading

Posted in New York Review of Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DARE-STRACTION – Cohooter

A localised phrase from the Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard Uni Press) Cohooter:  (co var of ker & hooter  = noisemaker) 1 n. A sentinel for a flock of passenger pigeons 1930 American Speech – (passenger pigeons) disappeared here … Continue reading

Posted in Dictionary of American Regional English | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Drugs? Bust. The Epidemic of Mental Illness & The Illusion of Psychiatry

Over two editions of the  NYRB, Harvard’s Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, examines the ‘epidemic of Mental Illness’ in modern America as well as ruminating on the implications of the next edition of DSM, … Continue reading

Posted in New York Review of Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DARE-STRACTION – Chokebore Britches

A localised phrase from the Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard Uni Press) Chokebore Britches – n. Trousers that narrow towards the bottom, esp riding breeches. 1944 Western Words, Adam: Choke-bore pants – a name given the flare hipped, tight-kneed … Continue reading

Posted in Dictionary of American Regional English | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shellac of North America: 1000 Hurts: Obama; his words and deeds.

In June 14th New York Review of Books David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, considers the conundrum of Barack Obama’s Presidency so far, resulting in a shellacking as comprehensive as any delivered by the polls or the pundits. … Continue reading

Posted in New York Review of Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment