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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 155 James B. Stewart was appointed as a member of the board of Simon Fraser University for a term ending December 31, 2017. A butterfly knife has been found to be a prohibited weapon in Canada. The U.K. government has on its website a section on “Selling, buying and carrying knives”. The website notes: “It is illegal to bring into the UK, sell, hire, lend or give anyone ... butterfly knives (also known as ‘balisongs’) – a blade hidden inside a handle that splits in the middle”. New English: Curate This is a new verb, derived, one presumes, from “Curator”, the keeper of a museum or other collection; from the Latin curare: “to take care of”. The New Oxford Dictionary allows usage of the verb and holds that it means “to select, organize, and look after the items in a collection or exhibition”. The American Heritage Dictionary, however, warns against the new verb. This dictionary has assembled a “Usage Panel” of some 200 prominent scholars, writers, journalists, diplomats and others in occupations requiring mastery of the English language, which voted 81 per cent against the new verb. The usage of “curate” is not settled and shows up in odd places, for instance instead of “chosen” or “selected” in order to ordain a commonplace statement with an aura of aesthetic sophistication. The Monarch butterfly is the Minnesota state butterfly. It is also the state insect of Illinois. A class action filed in federal court in Camden, New Jersey alleges that General Motors overstated the gas mileage estimates for some two million vehicles sold between 2009 and 2016. The claim is that GM advertised five of its models with Environmental Agency ratings of 17 mpg for city driving, 24 on the highway, while in fact the correct figures are 15 mpg and 22 mpg, respectively. One wonders what the damages would be. Famous last words: Benjamin Cardozo, who succeeded Oliver Wendell Holmes on the Supreme Court of the United States, on his deathbed, is alleged to have said: “They tell me I am going to get well, but I file a dissenting opinion.” Buddy Rich, the legendary jazz drummer, died after surgery in 1987. His final words were said to a nurse as he was being prepped for surgery. The nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” To which he replied: “Yeah, country music.”


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