Monthly Archives: July 2018

Sir Alistair Has Much in Common

Sir Alistair Chichester is just like you in so many ways: He can quaff a pint with the next man at the Thane of Thoth; he enjoys his Marmite soldiers with an egg, his faggots with mushy peas, his bangers … Continue reading

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Making Bold

They say seek forgiveness, not permission, if you’re bold. I make bold here to respond publicly to a fellow blogger with whom I am enjoying a rewarding exchange of views — one of several bloggers who kindly respond to me … Continue reading

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Waking the Dogs

It’s been a red-letter several days in my quiet life, and I’m afraid it has me sounding off more than I should here on topics that normally I would let lie with sleeping dogs. I have a fear of goading … Continue reading

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Enough About Me

The Supreme Court in its five-four wiseness has ruled that money is speech and therefore protected under the “free” clause. I rule that image is language and therefore commentable under the “thoughts on art and language” clause. And thus I … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Perception

I read once somewhere that much of the violence inflicted upon the world is at the hands of young men who have never held a job or a girl’s hand. For some reason the comment comes back to me with … Continue reading

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On Mistranslation

When Jerome, the patron saint of translators, rendered the Bible into Latin, he introduced a pun that created one of the most potent symbols of Christian iconography, turning the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (“malus”) into the … Continue reading

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“Tibi Dabo”

“… et ait ei tibi dabo potestatem hanc universam et gloriam illorum quia mihi tradita sunt et cui volo do illa.” Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.

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Thank you, and “I Could Eat Your Words”

Check out this video on YouTube: Thank you to my precious, patient readers who spend a moment of their invaluable time to look my way here on EthidalDative. I can only strive to repay the compliment. And although I try … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Just Gave You a New Reason to Make Fun of LinkedIn

LinkedIn, a social network for people who enjoy soul-crushing banality, knows you get more than a few emails from randos wanting to add you to their “professional network.” Sick of reading messages from these random acquaintances looking to discuss synergy-based … Continue reading

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“Los meros meros” again

Guillermo Chapa was a member of the culture I was assigned to teach Spanish at as a rookie assistant-prof at Pan Am-Brownsville. I said teach “at” instead of “to” because almost all my students already knew the language — I … Continue reading

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