Didier, the Luxuriant Dude from Dudelange

Around the border between Luxembourg and France and around Luxembourg city, there’s an area where many towns and villages have names that, embarrassingly, end on ‘-ange’: Algrange, Aubange, Bereldange, Bertrande, Bertrange, Boulange, Differdange, Entrange, Escherange, Evrange, Florange, Frisange, Guenange, Havange, Hayange, Helmsange, Hesperange, Leudelange, Lommerange, Luttange, Mondercange, Nilvange, Oetrange, Ottange, Pétange, Rédange, Rumelange, Russange, Schifflange, …

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Of Cats and Tails

As many of you have observed, the housecat tail seems so have a life of its own. Even if the rest of the cat shows no discernible activity, the tail can be very busy: wriggling like an earthworm with nausea, darting along like a honeybee or swishing left and right like a Mercedes-Benz windshield wiper. …

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Define-a-word

Abasuu – (n.) the grim, tight-lipped resoluteness with which a Ninja decides that the rest of his life is going to be determined by revenge “Yobakoto-san took a formal bow to honour the spirit of the deceased. When he turned around the light of abasuu shone in his eyes – and all that looked upon …

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Gotham City, 10.30 PM …

It was 10.30 PM in Gotham City and all was quiet. Batman was reading the Gotham Inquirer in the Batroom, while Batilda, his wife, was knitting up black leather socks in the chair across him. ‘Bruce…?’ Batilda asked on a tone that was a little dark around the edges, as a cloud on a sultry …

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On Kookabakka Music

What is Kookabakka music? Read on, and you will know! Musical terminology is failing to label many things, but surely one of the most glaring omissions is what shall henceforth be known as Kookabakka music (Dutch: Koeckebackemuziek, German: Kucke-backe-musik, French: Musique quooque-baque). What is Kookabakka music? It’s music that features the specific sound created by …

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Narrative Etymology: Eek-hoorns

How the Eekhoorn got his name. Once upon a time, there were three English cousins named Richard, Prudence and Adrian. They got it in their mind to visit the Netherlands because they loved cheese so much, and they had heard tales of the low country’s legendary cheese shops – even markets! – that they just …

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