From my old blog

These are articles I wrote in years past for various older blogs which I’m republishing here.

Samuel Alito and gun control

Just came across this article again that I wrote several years ago, right around the time Bush nominated Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. Re-reading it made me laugh, so I’m republishing it now on the off chance that it might amuse someone else at least a tenth as much as it did me.

An attorney of my acquaintance — let’s call him ‘Lawrence’1 — maintains a joke email list of which I am a beneficiary. As everyone knows, the cost of sending email has risen greatly since the start of the Iraq war, forcing my friend to subsidize his joke service with a high volume of political commentary. Naturally, I find this hilarious, which is why I don’t unsubscribe.

Some of the opinions “Lawrence” expresses in his political digressions seem a little strange for a Catholic constitutionalist. At least I assume “Lawrence” is a Catholic constitutionalist, because I always assume that everyone I know shares the same political and religious beliefs that I do. That’s what makes having friends so interesting.

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Tocayo—Meaning and Etymology

This is a useful Spanish word with no English counterpart. I’m not sure how widespread it is but it is definitely in use in Northern New Mexico. Tocayo, or feminine tocaya, means roughly, “A person who shares your first name.” The closest English translation would be namesake, but the Spanish usage differs significantly.

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Frigging: From the obscene to the vulgar

I was surprised to see in the Sunday comics recently the word frigging. Maybe it was friggin’. My son also read the comics and found a new word, ergo, which he asked me about. I’m glad he didn’t ask about friggin’, because when I was growing up, only a couple decades ago, that word was among the unspeakably obscene words that were never, ever used in polite company.

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