“Snollygoster” is a Lost Word with Lasting Meaning

Snollygoster (snahl-ee-gahs-tuhr) – an unprincipled person, a liar, especially a politician This ridiculously fun-to-say word comes from 19th-century American slang. The origin of this term is suspected to have come from snallygaster, which is a word for “a mythical beast that preys on poultry and children.” Wait, what? Yes, apparently in American lore, there is […]

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Charlemagne, ‘Father of Europe’ and First Holy Roman Emperor

By Mona Kreidl-Dear Without Charlemagne’s tremendous achievements, the progression and development of medieval Europe might not have been what we have come to revere, including the cornerstone of art, architecture, literature, commerce, and education. Charlemagne’s trusted advisor, Einhard, ostensibly recorded most of Charlemagne’s moderate feats as well as others with some embellishment. Despite this dichotomy, […]

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