Sowing Wild Oats

by Joanne Mason on July 1, 2017

Not long ago, a friend and I were walking through a local park and discovered some wild oats. “Who sowed these?” my companion asked. The literal answer was probably park employees or volunteers. But the idiom goes far beyond that. To sow one’s wild oats is to behave recklessly, adventurously, or promiscuously.  It’s often used to […]


Shrinking Violet

by Joanne Mason on May 6, 2013

Last Friday, I read the following tweet from @BobKievra, the city editor at the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram and Gazette: Funeral director for Tsarnaev is no shrinking violet – Worcester Telegram & Gazette –  #BostonMarathon #Worcester Kievra is referring to Peter A. Stefan, the Worcester funeral director who is handling the funeral arrangements for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, […]

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