We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Wm. Empson about a Japanese-English dictionary, in his great essay on dictionaries, on the modern apparent feeling that dictionaries are used for being reminded rather than informed,
``I remember opening the standard pocket Japanese-English [dictionary] and finding against some characters
" an inch of steel, the merest of a weapon. "
This blank verse line is as ``living'' as it could be, and in most cases would lead into absurdity any unfortunate man who copied it out. What he needs is as nearly as possible the opposite ; something that would warn him of possible absurdities when writing English, and of the unexpected tricks that may be being played by an English author in his reading.''