Sores on the tops of the horses

Writing about his college years, James Thurber tells the story of Haskins, an agriculture student who takes up journalism, "possibly on the ground that when farming went to hell he could fall back on newspaper work." Haskins is assigned the animal husbandry beat, which comprises cows, sheep, and over two hundred horses. Unfortunately, he is … Continue reading Sores on the tops of the horses

Day 24: Mulomedic

Today's word is mulomedic. It's one of four endangered words I adopted today from the Oxford English Dictionary's Save the Words. An adjective, it means relating to the medical care of mules. Example: Mary wants to be a mulomedic veterinarian, but her mother says Basset hounds are where the money is. When I adopted my … Continue reading Day 24: Mulomedic

Day 23: The most beautiful words

The most beautiful word in the English language is the compound word cellar door. J. R. R. Tolkien said that. I have no idea why. I'm partial to murmur and serendipity. A student once told me that hearing the word button just drove her up the wall. When I was about four years old, I … Continue reading Day 23: The most beautiful words