Category Archives: England

Shithole, shithouse, Nelson eyes, and red herrings

Today’s Washington Post follows up on the controverst arising from President Trump’s use last week of the phrase “shithole countries” to describe Haiti and African nations in the discussion of immigration reform. Senator Richard Durbin affirmed the president had said … Continue reading

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How bloodthirsty democracies can be: a message from Michael Portillo

So, my former student Kayce Mobley (now a Ph.D, and tenure-track professor!) and I gave this paper last year comparing the situation of the Mytilene Rebellion described in Thucydides to the East Rising in Dublin from 1916. It was wonderful … Continue reading

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What’s in a Place-name?

Metonomasia is an obscure term– it’s not even found in the OED!– but it’s a real thing, the alteration of a place-name. Very often this takes place for political reasons: think of the change of St. Petersburg to Leningrad and … Continue reading

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The Bard on Beach Street

I was walking down Beach Street in Boston’s Chinatown the last week, and came across a bust of Shakespeare carved in high relief on the wall of a building. No sign, no plaque, nothing to explain why Shakespeare might be … Continue reading

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Precious Moldering Pleasures

A precious—mouldering pleasure—’tis— To meet an Antique Book— In just the Dress his Century wore— A privilege—I think— His venerable Hand to take— And warming in our own— A passage back—or two—to make— To Times when he—was young— His quaint … Continue reading

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Crazy Salad: new and old views

Helen being chosen found life flat and dull And later had much trouble from a fool, While that great Queen, that rose out of the spray, Being fatherless could have her way Yet chose a bandy-leggèd smith for man. It’s … Continue reading

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Circumspice: Reflections in the Wren Chapel

I am in the airport at Newport News, having spent the last few days at the CAMWS meeting in Williamsburg–it’s a small facility, but the coffee is surprisingly good. Yesterday, I made a point of going to the William & Mary … Continue reading

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