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And the gold for smartness goes to . . .

The Olympics are on.

I’m going to ignore all the political barbs, social commentary, and ugly sweaters. Instead, its time to focus on what I know: Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy.

Whoa.  It felt good to write that sentence.  Isn’t this WEM Degree making you feel smarter by the minute?

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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment

 

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From the Archives to Hardy

I just love it when words from past novels come back to greet us and I a) notice that we’ve had the word before, and 2) remember what it means.

In honor of this occurrence I’m rerunning this little CWOTD post from Crime and Punishment.  In ROTN, besoms come into play when we meet the civil minded Olly Dowden.  She’s a besom maker.  According to my glossary, her besoms would have been made of heather and birch.  That sounds like the loveliest broom ever.  Please put one on my Christmas list.

besom – n.  a broom made of a bundle of twigs tied together

Classical Usage:  Nastasya, the cook and cleaning girl for Raskolnikov’s room, and I have similar sweeping ethics, . . . only once a week, just by accident, she would sometimes take a besom to it.

Classically Mad Usage:  I may not be using this word with any regularity right now, but you can bet in two years it should become a staple in the house.  You see, I enjoy the Summer Olympics, but I really, really enjoy the Winter Olympics.  In particular, I love watching the curlers strategically use their besoms to gain a win.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment

 

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My kitchen would be cleaner if it were tiled with ice.

besom – n.  a broom made of a bundle of twigs tied together

Classical Usage:  Nastasya, the cook and cleaning girl for Raskolnikov’s room, and I have similar sweeping ethics, . . . only once a week, just by accident, she would sometimes take a besom to it.

Classically Mad Usage:  I may not be using this word with any regularity right now, but you can bet in two years it should become a staple in the house.  You see, I enjoy the Summer Olympics, but I really, really enjoy the Winter Olympics.  In particular, I love watching the curlers strategically use their besoms to gain a win.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in Crime and Punishment

 

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