Disco and plaid polyester weren’t the only confusing developments of the 1970s. From 1971 to 1977, Veterans Day in the United States officially occurred in October but in many places was still observed in November.
Bring your Old Scratch vocabulary up to scratch with our devilish vocab. Can you figure out the two dozen devil-filled words and phrases? Fill in the blanks to make the word or expression that matches the clue. Difficulty level: devilishly difficult, of course.
In my part of the world, the leaves are colorful and lend a satisfying crunch and sweet scent to an afternoon stroll or ride. It’s positively autumnal.
I’ve known for some time that most of us in North America refer to this season as fall, while our British colleagues prefer autumn. In poking around the definitions,* however, I’ve just discovered that autumn in Britain can be considered the months of August, September, and October. That may be an archaic usage, however, since other definitions match the U.S. meaning more closely.
Any season and any month seems like a good time for finding a cozy spot and a long read. But there’s something about October. The bright foliage, sweet smells, and crisp air invite a sense of adventure that has some of us hiking, some of us baking, and many of us reading.
Last day to camp or boat, first day to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes, end of the summer season, beginning of the fall semester, a celebration of industry, a day of rest -- no matter what it means to you, Labor Day weekend is upon us here in the U.S.
Farmers markets, garden plots, window boxes -- summer produce is beginning to appear everywhere you look. If you’re among those who have put in the labor to nurse fruits and vegetables into existence or to search out the best of summer’s bounty in the markets and shops, may you be blessed with the best basketfuls of produce. And only as many of your neighbor’s cucumbers and zucchinis as you want.
To correctly solve our bountiful Wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: moderate]:
Developed by renowned word-player and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, doublets are a word pair linked by a chain of words formed by changing only one letter at a time. For Carroll, the object was to get from the first word to the last using the shortest possible chain of words in between. Carroll’s 1879 Doublets: A Word-Puzzle is available as a free Google eBook.
With 34.7 million Americans claiming Irish ancestry and 122 million being Irish enough at heart to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this seems like a good opportunity to indulge my Scots-Irish side. Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, everyone!
We’ve had a little word fun with Valentine’s Day before. We unscientifically proved that the language of love is 70 percent French (or 100 percent Nahuatl), and we took you from a sweet treat to a life commitment in a five-step reflections game. Today, with snow (again!) blanketing much of the U.S., we slow it down and warm it up with a doublets game that goes from warm embrace to warm attachment in eight steps.
In the U.S., we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January — January 20 this year. As a professional speaker, both in his role as minister and as civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr generated a remarkable body of quotes on a wide array of issues. Many have become touchstones in modern writing about courage, education, ethics, faith, justice, love, nonviolence, racism, sense, and more.