Category Archives: Polite Insult

A type of insult or characterization that may be useful either in a direct confrontation or when describing a political adversary

Hacking for Dummies

As someone who needs words to understand symbols and images to comprehend concepts, I welcomed, years ago, the advent of instructional books for dummies, that is, for those otherwise excluded from the blessings of knowledge. Remembrance of things past brings … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trump

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” (Twelfth Night, act 3, sc. 4) By general consent, in American elections there is no kingdom for a stage, there are no princes to … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Pictures

Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used.  Othello, act 2, sc. 1 We accept that deception is to the art of government, what the brush is to the art of painting. But there are instances where deception oversteps even … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Tsipras

     For one who spent five years of his misspent youth toiling with (ancient) Greek, the recent limelight on Athens feels like a return to the past. For suddenly the ancient Greeks are on the lips of politicians, economists, commentators … Continue reading

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Murder Most Foul

“Murder most foul, as in the best it is”… but the murder of yet another innocent family in Gorlovka, East Ukraine, properly qualifies for being “most foul, strange and unnatural.” And, given that brevity is the soul of wit (1), … Continue reading

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Words and Nothingness

A fine volley of words, gentlemen, and quickly shot off. Two Gentlemen from Verona Some agree that it is possible to measure a character from his appearance (“… costly thy habit as thy purse can buy….” (1)), from his demeanor … Continue reading

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Literature, Life & Baltimore Riots

“Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” Hamlet, 1.3 Articles published on this site are occasionally posted on other social media outlets, such as, for example, the “LITERATURE” Linked-in group. Some critics in that group have objected to the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Language, War and Madness

“Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) That language continuously evolves needs no demonstration. It is commonly overlooked, however, how certain words or expressions … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, New-speak, Double-think & Black-white

“A crafty knave does need no broker” (KHVI p2.1.2) Readers of this blog will no doubt have independently observed the current and ever-increasing instances of “Orwellian moments” in the speeches, utterings and “new-speak” declarations by regime pundits, or in sundry … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Parallel Revolutions. Ukraine and the Shays’ Rebellion

“Treason and murder ever kept together, As two yoke-devils sworn to either’s purpose” King Henry V, act 2, sc. 2 The Greek writer Plutarch is famous for his “Parallel Lives”, in which he arranged the biographies of famous figures of … Continue reading

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