Phil O’Lologous


What If Miley Cyrus Did the Nasty in the Shvitz?

By Phil O’Lologous

What If Miley Cyrus Did the Nasty in the Shvitz?
BACKWARD: All the talk in the local shvitz lately has been about twerking — or as YIVO would have it: tverking.Read More


Lost in Language: Of Dead Dogs, Living Lions & Bifid Uvulae

By Phil O’Lologous

Lost in Language: Of Dead Dogs, Living Lions & Bifid Uvulae
If the cat got your tongue, which pet gets the brisket? For all your linguistic questions, it’s Phil O’Lologous.Read More


Pronouns of the World Unite!

By Phil o’lologous

When Phil o’lologous first started writing this weekly column, almost 115 years ago, Karl Marx was the Simon Cowell of the era — a loudmouth from Britain passing judgment on the working class.Read More


How the French Put the Olé Into Idiolect

By Phil O’Lologous

‘Who put the condom in condominium?” asks avid reader Hugo Hefnerovich: more as an accusation than as a question. Despite the tone, the inquiry is worthy of further investigation, since the French inventor of the sheep gut prophylactic was a descendant of Rashi who had fled south from Troyes to the eponymous town of Condom near the Spanish border. The popular American brand, indeed, still carries the name of Rashi’s home town.Read More


What’s a Nice Gerund Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

By Phil O’Lologous

When people ask me who put the “sin in cinema,” I respond, “Kenneth Marcus of Englewood Heights, N.J.” Into their dropped jaws I explain that during the early days of American movies — when Englewood and environs were Hollywood and Broadway rolled into one — Mr. Marcus wanted to lend a sheen of sophistication to his tawdry fare.Read More



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