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Posted October 31, 2012 in Community Featured, Johnston

OK, all you language lovers, you grammar geeks, you proper usage police — I know you’re out there.

We have the perfect program for amateur linguists and culture curiosos alike. Join Dr. Donald Moon for this special three-part series called, “Idioms: What Are They and Why Do We Say Them?” Programs are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, Monday, Nov. 19 and Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm.

Dr. Moon will explore many of the hundred of idioms that are used in our everyday conversations and why we use them. The class will also look at idioms that are exclusive to specific cultures. I’m sure that you won’t find yourself “in over your head” or in a “sink-or-swim” situation. Dr. Moon will also “take a stab” at sports-related idioms; for example, “you are way out in left field” or “you have the inside track” or “the ball is in your court.” Please feel encouraged to jot down any idioms that you find yourself or others using and bring them to class with you. Remember — “all is well that ends well.”

Don Moon is a retired professor of education and director of educational media and television services at Drake University. He spent 38 years teaching in the area of educational technology. During the past six years, he has been involved with the Billie and Robert D. Ray Lifelong Learning Society at Drake University. He has developed courses on World War II, the Vietnam War and taught courses on cartoons, idioms and proverbs.

To register for these free programs, visit Johnston Public Library’s website at or call 515-278-5233.

And the next time you’re at the library, check out these entertaining books about grammar and language usage that weigh in on the lively debate over linguistic “correctness” or lack thereof:
“Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss.
“The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time” by William Safire.
“Alphabetter Juice” by Roy Blount.
“Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words” by Bill Bryson
“I Love it When you Talk Retro” by Ralph Keyes.

Johnston Public Library
6700 Merle Hay Road
(515) 278-5233
Mon. – Thur. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

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