Latest Steve Pollick Stories

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By Steve Pollick, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 1--If the storm cloud of high energy prices has any silver linings, one of them might be what I can see when I look down the county road from the gravel driveway at my rural Sandusky County homestead: Tall, unmowed grass on the roadside at the end of June. Trust me, that has not been the case in the 34 Junes I have resided along Muskellunge Creek. It seems that the skyrocketing cost of gasoline and diesel fuel finally has gotten to the...

2008-06-17 06:00:17

By Steve Pollick, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jun. 17--A hook-billed shorebird known as a whimbrel has made an amazing 3,200-mile flight in fewer than 146 hours from the Delmarva Peninsula on the East Coast to breeding grounds in the High Arctic on the Alaska-Yukon border, stopping briefly en route in the western Lake Erie marshes. Researchers from the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary and The Nature Conservancy tracked the bird, an adult female nicknamed...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'