If Nouns and Verbs (Not Pronouns) Could Talk?

Do two queries equal a right, not a wrong?  Or is it right or wrong or vengeance or justice (in French with the accent)? Human rights or the French definition of good citizenship: liberté, égalité, fraternité? We could go on and on. What are costs of imperialism(s) or conquests — not just one, but of the whole globe and around again? Or as one of my colleagues put it about a certain Scottish professor who came west (first New York University, then Harvard, then out to a farm — not Princeton but Stanford), David Marquand’s The End of the West.

For me it’s about reading the New York Times with a sociological lens, yet again.  Nowadays the headlines and sub-headlines do all the work (of reading).

Circle the literary action or the verbs and adverbs on the Page Ones — of the physical paper, section by section, BTW.

  1. backs
  2. surviving
  3. soaring
  4. shamed
  5. spurs
  6. can lead to
  7. rise
  8. fall
  9. restores
  10. blue-chip (names)
  11. speak (Mountains)

Then, the nouns

  1. anomaly
  2. signals
  3. Eve
  4. Mother!
  5. necktie
  6. laxity
  7. rationality
  8. (an) indiscretion
  9. Rebels
  10. reboot

Finally, kudos to Jon Hamm for the flower that gives us a thousand words, or at least one — and that word to think about — over a weekend is peace.  #

Published by *Ruth Frick O'Brien

Professor Ruth Frick O'Brien, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 1st "professorette" nicknamed by Rush Limbaugh nickname. Ruth Frick* O'Brien & Frederic Halper* O'Brien, Dep.M.E. @ National Review *(honoring our mothers)

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