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What’s in a word?

August 5, 2012
The OBSERVER

Some television reruns of old programs are classic. You can watch the same episodes as time goes on and still enjoy them. Some are nostalgic like "The Waltons" or "Little House on the Prairie" and some just make you laugh such as M*A*S*H. Set during the Korean War, the antics of the cast of characters are well known in the latter such as when Colonel Blake and Radar O'Reilly are caught in the shower because of a sniper; another is the time when during frigid weather, Hawkeye's long underwear makes its rounds, and yet another when interviewed by a war correspondent, Hawkeye says in his deadpan humor that the dictionary is his favorite book because he figures it has all the other books in it. This one-liner is memorable and is personally what comes to mind when thinking about "word of the day" vocabulary books and sites, teaching the craft of writing to students or when analyzing authors, and certainly when some Rotary Clubs traditionally give personalized dictionaries to elementary students when they graduate to the middle school.

 
 

 

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