Tag Archives: Politics

Paradoxical Resolutions

An article in the September 1857 issue of Harper’s Monthly Magazine (Vol. 15) said that the editorial staff of the magazine received a letter from a Vicksburg correspondent who “assures us […] that the following resolutions were passed by the … Continue reading

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To Be Or The Contrary?: Shakespeare For Bureacrats

Arthur Quiller-Couch Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944) was a critic of jargons and the overuse of circumlocutions. His essays on jargons are some of the best on the subject. The following is Quiller-Couch’s version of a famous line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet from his book On … Continue reading

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Quotable #22: The Public

“The public! the public! How many fools does it take to make up a public?” — Nicolas Chamfort, Caractères et Anecdotes, 1771    

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Fidel Castro’s Letter To Roosevelt: My Good Friend Roosevelt…

In November 1940, a young Fidel Castro wrote a rather cheeky and amusing letter to the then US president Franklin Roosevelt. In the letter, Castro asked Roosevelt for some money — a $10 bill. He even told Roosevelt about Cuba’s largest … Continue reading

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Edited Out

Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the United States Declaration of Independence had a passage condemning the slave trade:

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Random Joke #3: The Donkey Meteorologist

Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance … Continue reading

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