Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: — Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? — When will the next TIM […]

So what do we need, a burning bush?

By Ned Cantwell Will famine descend upon New Mexico before we get the idea? Will diseased beetles swarm around a casino entrance until finally someone wakes up and says, oh oh, something is amiss? When all the slots start turning up 6 6 6 instead of 7 7 7, will a light bulb suddenly flash […]