AFGHAN: a coloful blanket or throw


  As a kid, when it would get cool in the house, my grandmother would ask me to get her the “afghan.”  In a century before anyone knew about Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, or al Qaeda, it was not a political commentary.    Much of those years we didn’t even own a TV, and even […]

TROOP: a collective noun indicating a band of soldiers, scouts, or other gatherings of people

When I was a kid I belonged to a Boy Scout troop.   It was a sizable gathering of boys who were divided into smaller units called patrols.  An individual who belonged to a troop was called a scout. State Police who are assigned to a specific segment of a state for service are called a […]