Eunice Boeve

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Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

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Our American Language

November 3, 2015

Tags: Thomas Jefferson, cow catcher, goat, dooryards, Philip Gonzalas

My friend who lived many years in England wondered at an expression I used one day. I said I was flying low, meaning I was really, really busy. To her that meant I was a male and my pants were unzipped. Whoa! Iíve quit using that particular expression. I read in an old article that bluff, meaning the edge of a high piece of land, or cliff, was once an unknown word in England in that particular sense. You could bluff someone with a poker hand, but donít stand there on the bluff, overlooking the land below.
Thomas Jefferson was said to have first used the verb belittle, thus creating a barrage of belittling accusations, including the London Review who trounced on him for the use of a word they said he should be ashamed to use and beseeched him not to do any further damage to the mother tongue.
To get his goat, was surmised by some to be based on goat keeping by folks in America in an effort to keep yard grass from growing too high and/the *door yard littered with debris. And on occasion, although I imagine it was quite rare, someone came along and "got" your goat for his/her own personal use. (*Yes, once, some of us had dooryards.)
The English are in general terms considered more proper in their use of language and it shows. Plough is what the English called that wedge or V-shaped attachment that used to be on the front of trains. It was indeed exactly that. And it is a very good, very dignified word. But the Americans dubbed it the cow catcher. Some American words for jail, are the big house, the poky, and the slammer.
Language is fluid, always changing and at a faster rate in some countries than in others. As we shrink globally and interact with other countries, peacefully and otherwise, words are added, changed, and subtracted. Words derogatory toward race are disappearing in most of society, at least for now. New words are constantly added through new inventions that soon become mainstream, both the word and the object it identifies, such as cell phone (the word telephone fading fast as is the word typewriter ). There is now an I-Pad, and an internet, Facebook, and Twitter, and so on. Different words were used in different regions of the US. Words also grow out of oneís nationality and race. Once, the word pregnant was never uttered in polite company. And when quite ďnoticeableĒ over time, the pregnant woman was said to be in the family way.
Well, this blog could go on and on. I guess I could have simply said words come and go as youíre probably all aware, but if you want to comment, please do so. In the meantime Iím going to look out over the bluff and see if my goatís still mowing my grass, or if someoneís "got" him. And, if I made some kind of a mistake, please donít belittle me.
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Iím reading The Dog Who Rescues Cats: the True Story of Ginny by Philip Gonzalas. A remarkable dog, she was especially drawn to those with a disability, whether it be cats, humans, other dogs, or, quite likely any other animalópossibility even a cougar or grizzly bear. An easy read youíll enjoy, even if you arenít overly fond of cats.

Comments

  1. November 4, 2015 4:03 PM EST
    Ah, Eunice, one of my favourite topics (yes, I'm leaving the u in, as a sort of captcha to identify myself as real) I have to tell you that I am now getting SO confused as to what in my vocabulary is English English and what is American English. Railway vs. railroad? "Pissed" as drunk or "pissed" as angry? (pardon my French) Queue and lift still come out a lot but I've given in to hood instead of bonnet on a car and trunk for boot. Give me another few years here. Maybe I should just speak french?
    - Andrea Downing
  2. November 4, 2015 11:21 PM EST
    PERNT'NEAR or close to or almost-a good subject-words and the many ways we say and use them! Enjoyed this!!
    - Joyce Boeve
  3. November 5, 2015 12:11 PM EST
    Thanks Joyce.
    - Eunice Boeve
  4. November 5, 2015 3:55 PM EST
    Andrea, Ah, my dear, you'd just be opening a whole new can of worms. Think of the friends you could no longer communicate with, like me. I have just two French words in my vocabulary, and right now I can't remember them. And, what about your western novels, would you start writing them in French ?
    - Eunice Boeve
  5. February 20, 2016 4:08 PM EST
    It's annoying that there are some perfectly nice words whose meanings have changed entirely, such as "gay" and "cougar." The latter of course now has the meaning of an older woman stalking younger men. What a shame. I do still use it in my western writing when I'm referring to a mountain lion.
    - Linda Sandifer