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J. David Henry


J. David Henry is a Conservation Ecologist for Parks Canada in the Yukon and the author of several books, including Red Fox: The Catlike Canine (Smithsonian). “Fire Strategy,” an excerpt from “The Benefits of Being Burned” in Canada’s Boreal Forest (Smithsonian Institution Press), appears in Geist 54.

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Why doesn’t anyone in North America say barmy for balmy? According to my research, Barmy came first and still enjoys a jolly life. But most North American dictionaries don’t even mention the earlier Scots barmy. 

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