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Carpaccio

A new book called Ciao, Carpaccio!: An Infatuation, by veteran travel writer Jan Morris, celebrates the Venetian artist Carpaccio, who often used swaths of bright red in his paintings. His color choice is said to be the inspiration for beef or tuna...

Sesquipedalian Language

A veteran broadcaster recalls a brilliant example of sesquipedalian language. Fifty years ago, he stubbed his foot on the beach and a group of college boys told him to go to his parents and get an anatomical juxtaposition of the orbicular ors...

Cumshaw Artists

A Seattle-area veteran remembers that in Vietnam he and others like him were known as cumshaw artists. They were the guys who scared up and “permanently borrowed” whatever their unit needed— gasoline, vehicle parts, or whiskey for a...

bullet line

bullet line  n.— «There’s a lot of talk about the bullet line in Juneau these days. Now we even have a bullet line czar that Gov. Sarah Palin has designated to ramrod the project—Harry Noah, a veteran and capable state official...