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January 29, 2018


Do you know how to “chatear?” And that some Peruvian politicians have recently been accused of “colusión?” Never mind the press. One day a few summers ago I was chatting (hint, hint) with my friend and gardener, Domingo from Guatemala. I told him we need to “podar los arbustos,” in my kind of formal Spanish. […]

Interpreting and Translating

September 24, 2017


Not too long ago a good friend who read my column on St. Francis and the Crusaders (I know, it sounds like a 1960s rock group) reminded me that a lot rides on a translation. Some folks believe quite sincerely that the only decent and true translation of the Bible is the King James version, […]

The Degradation of our Language

July 3, 2017


I have seen the word “inappropriate” used often these days, as a substitute for something which should be labeled venal, wrong, sinful, immoral, lying and a dozen other “appropriate” words which I can think of. If we dip into our handy online Merriam Webster’s dictionary, we find inappropriate to mean: not right or suited for […]