November 27, 2012 |
A lexicographer says she has found that thousands of words have been deleted from the Oxford English Dictionary by one of its former editors. Sarah Ogilvie's " Words of the World ," which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, claims that the words were removed for being overly foreign. For logophiles, this is a tragedy (a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster). "This is really shocking. If a word gets into the OED, it never leaves. If it becomes obsolete, we put a dagger beside it, but it never leaves," Ogilvie told the Guardian . The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
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January 20, 1987
How can anyone take a stand against reading? Magazine articles and books decry illiteracy in America. This is the decade in which we are called to become a nation of readers. Yet at this time Deukmejian wants to cut the Miller-Unruh Reading Program in elementary schools. Does he need to be reminded of the value of reading? It is the survival skill of society. It opens doors for everyone to participate more fully in life. It is the ennobling talent that allows us to rise beyond ourselves and above our circumstances.
January 18, 1987
Congratulations on Harry Bernstein's Dec. 31 column ("Greyhound Sale: Good News or Bad News for Workers?"). The entire article was of interest to me, but it was the final part (regarding unions that have joined with tobacco companies in criticizing studies on the health effects of smoking) that most interested me. I am a 78-year-old retired UAW aircraft worker and a recovered--I hope--smoker. I've been "clean" since 1960. Because of my own past health problems, I have become something of an activist against tobacco and other harmful substances, and I've brought my health problems under control through a revamped diet and food supplements.
November 12, 1986
When Bryan Dameworth of Agoura ran a 15:32 at the Southern Section cross-country preliminaries on Saturday, he established himself as a co-favorite for the 2-A title with defending champion Chris Lugo of Valencia and Walnut sophomore Scott Hempel. Dameworth became the fastest in the division and set a freshman course record. His time also was 20.9 seconds faster than he ran at the Mt. SAC Invitational two weeks earlier. He said a front-running race tactic and better health made the difference.
August 9, 2009 |
David Ortiz is the best clutch hitter in baseball, a slugger whose success under pressure led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances and two World Series titles in the last six seasons. Ortiz came up in another pressure situation Saturday at Yankee Stadium. But this time he whiffed. Ten days after the New York Times reported Ortiz's name was on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, 10 days after pledging not to "hide" or "make excuses," Ortiz essentially did both.
December 12, 2010 |
The Institute of Medicine recently upended the health apple cart with a new study that says we don't need as much calcium or vitamin D as we've been told. In fact, taking the kind of megadose that makes you feel virtuous and keeps the supplement industry healthy can lead to kidney stones, with calcium, and kidney or heart damage, with D. If that sounds alarmist, let me quote directly from the Institute of Medicine's statement, which says that "some signals suggest there are greater risks of death and chronic disease associated with long-term high vitamin D intake.
September 29, 2012 |
For those of us not blessed with the footwork of Fred Astaire, the notion of taking a dance class might not appeal. But Alice Alyse, a dancer and choreographer who is the artistic director of Joffrey Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet South, says that even the clumsiest among us can benefit from cutting a rug for an hour or so. In fact, says Alyse, dance comes naturally to everyone, regardless of how pretty we look doing it. Here, she talks about what...
December 3, 1990 |
Robert Cummings, the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show," died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Cummings, 80, died of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia, hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson said. The actor, who also was in advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 18.
April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
December 11, 1988 |
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.