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~WORDS OF THE WEEK from the Archives:
~No. 36: lingua franca
~No. 31: annus mirabilis
~No. 20: flânerie
Just over a year ago when I added to my daily schedule French language courses for a period of two quarters at the local community college, I pared down my blogging schedule. The decision meant putting a pause on a wonderful, simple, yet helpful while being intriguing weekly series titled The English Classroom (you can view all of the archived posts here).
As someone who is enthralled with learning how to communicate well, and with each new lesson discovers how much I do not know and how vast the world classroom of knowledge regarding the English language is I enjoyed the new series in which perplexing grammar rules were broken down (Good Grammar Is . . . series), new vocabulary was unearthed through the variety of newspaper articles, books and films I enjoy on a regular basis (Word of the Week series, 37 words and counting! Today makes #38!) and intriguing conversations about shifts and changes in the grammar and language community (have you heard about the latest discussion surrounding the Oxford Comma?) were shared.
Well, the series is back. Albeit perhaps with a bit less regularity as I will be posting when I come across a word that tickles my brain, when I hear inquiring minds ask about a particular grammar rule, or as is the case with the Oxford Comma debate, when language rules make headlines. Now those are the articles worth reading when I see such a headline, non?
After all, to speak well, choosing the precise word and constructing them in just the right manner can have a powerful effect on the listener. Such a skill is to be a master of rhetoric: tools to communicate effectively and invite your audience to consider your ideas.
“Don’t ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs.” -Hamza Yusuf
So why Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to kick off the return of the series? A more apt question would be, Why not Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg?
In 2016 her new memoir was released, In My Own Words in which for the first time since becoming a United States Supreme Court justice in 1993 she shares her journey, her stories and her wisdom about living a life that seems to incorporate it all: a successful career, happy and healthy children and a loving partnership. And it was her husband Marty Ginsburg who passed away in 2010 (seen in the photo with Ruth above) that inspired today’s Word of the Week, nonpareil.
Marty Ginsburg was a self-taught, talented amateur chef, (aside from being one of the nation’s top nation’s tax law professors and practitioners), and with the idea of Samuel Alito’s wife, Martha-Ann to compile recipes from his vast resumé of different items, in 2010 the cookbook was published by the Supreme Court Historical Society, titled Chef Supreme. From simple to complex (the longest recipe is how to make a French baguette, which is four pages long), the cookbook is a tribute to a man not soon to be forgotten by Ruth or those he touched with his love for food. You can listen to the entire interview from 2011 here and read the article from which the excerpt above comes from here as it was shared in The New York Times.