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Old 12-03-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Life is a precious gift, meted out one day at a time.

The unexpected passing of may Dad last year really shook me. And taught me to seize each day, that even in pain and poor health there is thanks to have been given one more day.

 
Old 12-03-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Escort: So glad you found tht lovely, philosophical quote, and chose to share it with us. Quite profound.

PS Chickpeas . . . I was taught that unless one is dealing with Mexican food, they are referred to as chickpeas. I definitely think this may be a regional thing -- and maybe referring to them as Garbanzos has to do with Mexican food being so integrated into diets now, as opposed to 40 years ago.
 
Old 12-03-2013, 01:43 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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I looked at the wikipedia article where there is a brief section at the beginning on the etymology of both chickpea and garabanzo. That section of the article is a synopsis of the entries in the OED which I subsequently read. Both words have an ancient lineage. I recall the reference to Cicero from my earliest days of Latin.

The wikipedia article is brief but pithy; I suggest reading it in it's entirety.

Now I'll pose a question regarding dictionary ownership. I own the OED II physical edition. I also have the Second International Merriam-Webster which I received as a gift when I was nine. It was one of the best gifts of my youth. Needless to say, I have other dictionaries as well. My favorite foreign language dictionary is the Petit Robert. What do you have? I'd love to engage in a discussion. i'm not writing more because I don't know how much interest there'll be.

Here's a neat one to test your cultural literacy.

The real life Alice on whom Alice in Alice in Wonderland is based had a father who was one of the authors of one of the most famous dictionaries in scholarly circles in the English-speaking world. First published in 1843, it is after many editions and revisions still in print today. It's always called the _______ and _______. Alice's father's surname is first.

Chickpea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Merriam Webster?


I used to love reading the dictionary as a kid. Yep, spelling bee champ.
 
Old 12-03-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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The only dictionary I can think of that has two names is Funk & Wagnalls.

Anyway, my Ex had the full print edition of the OED and you needed a magnifying glass to read it. We also ended up with TWO copies of the Merriam Webster unabridged dictionary. His mother worked for them in Springfield, MA and I got mine when our old junior high threw it out (my dad was a teacher there and he snagged it for me.)

I used to like reading the encyclopedia more than reading the dictionary.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Now I'll pose a question regarding dictionary ownership. I own the OED II physical edition. I also have the Second International Merriam-Webster which I received as a gift when I was nine. It was one of the best gifts of my youth.

The dictionary I was given as a young student defines computer as a person who does mathematical calculations, gay is happy and festive, and Siam as a kingdom in southeastern Asia.
 
Old 12-03-2013, 05:19 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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The dictionary I was given as a young student defines computer as a person who does mathematical calculations, gay is happy and festive, and Siam as a kingdom in southeastern Asia.
LOLOLOL.

If I had the dictionary from my childhood, it would define those words the same way!

Good to see you posting, Clark.

What did you do for Thanksgiving? I would love to see photos b/c I know it was a lovely day . . . if you are so inclined, share with us your menu and some tidbits about your day!

I am assuming that you had Thanksgiving in your beautiful period home. But maybe you took a trip?
 
Old 12-03-2013, 06:04 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I am assuming that you had Thanksgiving in your beautiful period home. But maybe you took a trip?
For the past 5 or 6 Thanksgivings I have volunteered for a free potluck dinner given at a community center in Center City for older people. My contribution - as always - my specially extra cheesy macaroni and cheese. I've been improving the recipe over the years and this year I got rave reviews.

The secret to Clark's Mac-n-Cheese:

1. Use elbow macaroni. For some unknown reason people feel comforted by the tried and true version of their childhood. Personally I like spirals and rotelle past. Tradition wins out.

2. Make it very cheesy. Clark mixes 3 or 4 different kinds of cheeses - the predominant flavor of the sauce must be sharp cheddar. Parmesan adds a nice accent to the flavor.

3. Bake it with bread crumbs. I use Panko breadcrumbs. The tips should be slightly burned!

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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My handyman/painter/carpenter friend Rod asked if he can throw a dinner party in my dining room next week. I relented.
 
Old 12-03-2013, 06:50 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Merriam Webster?
No, but please recall where Alice lived.

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The only dictionary I can think of that has two names is Funk & Wagnalls.
No, but the most obvious search path in wikipedia quickly leads to the answer.

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Anyway, my Ex had the full print edition of the OED and you needed a magnifying glass to read it.
You're referring to a special edition which compressed OED I into two volumes. It has thirteen. OED II has twenty.

I wish I could say that I can't imagine why a school would discard a dictionary. [/quote]

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The dictionary I was given as a young student defines computer as a person who does mathematical calculations, gay is happy and festive, and Siam as a kingdom in southeastern Asia.
Those are all correct definitions. Suppose the reader today were reading a book written when you were a young student or earlier. I can still recall my first encounter with superb in its original sense.

Perhaps someday you'll be faced with eugenics, hilarious, or Danzig dating from before your birth.
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