Is Valentine’s Day for the Birds?

Happy Valentine’s Day! What’s so happy about it? Well, the cards and the candy and the pledges of love to name a few. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the word valentine is associated with some pretty awful stuff. First, there’s the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the shooting that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on FebruaryContinue reading “Is Valentine’s Day for the Birds?”

A Shout Out—and Farewell—to Madeline Kripke, the “Doyenne* of Dictionaries”

I didn’t find out about Madeline Kripke until May 2, when my friend Mike emailed me a link to the story about her that ran in the New York Times .  Wait … what? You haven’t heard of Madeline Kripke, either? It’s not surprising. It seems she kept a rather low profile.  Ms. Kripke grewContinue reading “A Shout Out—and Farewell—to Madeline Kripke, the “Doyenne* of Dictionaries””