amy s. dalrymple

the whimsy and wonder of words

Month: August 2017

Pet Peeve

ink drawing of a young girl walking a monster on a leash

Girl with Pet Peeve, Shari Ross (2017)

We’ve been talking about lost loves and lean bohemian days and fleeting beauty and all manner of fools, so I thought I’d lighten things up a bit. What better way to do so than with idioms, one of the best sources of linguistic amusement? Continue reading


fool tarot card, with woman wearing toga, standing atop a stone sculptrue, surrounded by birds an a red fox

Fool Tarot Card, from Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, photo by Amy S. Dalrymple (2017)

An ancient word, fool certainly hasn’t lost its luster in these turbulent times. It’s interesting to note that the current use of the word—as it is often hurled, often with good cause from various social media platforms—is much more derisive than the original usage. Continue reading

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