Posted in September 2013

Rigmarole

I considered changing my name to Roxie, but I didn’t want to go through the rigmarole. Okay, I’m not really thinking of changing my name. But it’s a great word, rigmarole, isn’t it? I used to think it had another “a” in it, “rigamarole”. I was wrong. It’s from the 1700s and while it now … Continue reading

Tautology

She was as quick to anger as was he and just as capable of expressing it. “I’m not that sort of woman. I’m not that sort of wife. If you wanted an obsequious sycophant to marry—“ “That’s tautology,” he said. And that terse statement finished their argument. I came across this dialogue in Elizabeth George’s … Continue reading