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Paul Tough


Paul Tough is a contributing editor of Geist, a story editor at the New York Times Magazine and the editor of Open Letters. His piece "City Still Breathing" appears in Geist.

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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. 

Simon McGavin, Cyberspace

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