Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Trip Down the Stairs

One day, when I was four or five years old, my mother accidentally knocked over a large jar of bright-colored plastic beads she had used for decorating Christmas ornaments. The jar had been left on the kitchen floor, in front … Continue reading

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I come to be served.

Folks, the phrase is “first come, first served,” as it is shorthand for “those who get there first will be the first to be served.” I understand that the closing “d” may be dropped by people who have only heard … Continue reading

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country or pepper?

In case it has ever bothered you, as it has me, to see the word “chili” spelled “chile” when referring to the pepper, take comfort in the knowledge that, while “Chile” is the single correct spelling of that country’s name, … Continue reading

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