Category Archives: etiquette, personal conduct

words on the chopping block

    Why do people in emails and so forth nowadays close with BEST? Best what? Are they embarrassed or do they think it’s too formal to say BEST REGARDS? Or, as an alternative, BEST WISHES? Which one is it? … Continue reading

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Yankee “friendliness”

      re “During Rikers Upheaval, the ‘Prettiest Village in Maine’ Beckoned,” The New York Times, April 30, 2017     The story is based a visit that a Times reporter, Rick Rojas, made over the weekend to the … Continue reading

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Thoughts Concerning “Repression of Discourse”

  Thoughts Concerning “Repression of Discourse” by Roger W. Smith     “There is not one but many silences, and they are an integral part of the strategies that underlie and permeate discourses.” — Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, … Continue reading

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Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments (my personal views on the subject)

    A full downloadable Word document is below.     *****************************************************     Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments by Roger W. Smith     My List of Virtues contained at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having … Continue reading

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