I Used to Know That. The Authors Collection.


Today is Pi day, 3/14.  No, not “pie,” and certainly not cherry.

Not even coconut cream. 3.14159

Remember “Pi” from high school days? For me that was over forty years ago and it was more of a “daze.”

piPi is a mathematical constant that I remember most because of an old joke. It probably came from the old television show, Hee Haw.

SPEAKER ONE: Pi are square (the literal translation of the formula used to calculate the area of a circle.)

SPEAKER TWO No, pie are round. Cornbread are square.

I can remember my mother making cornbread in a square shaped iron skillet.

Geometry was one of my favorite courses in high school and I earned good grades in it. Maybe it was because of all the axioms and theorems and their reliability.

Caroline Taggart’s book, I USED TO KNOW THAT (stuff you forgot from school) is an insightful refresher course that covers seven topics in one hundred seventy-five pages.In conversational language, Taggart offers up a Cliff-notes-on-steroids cover of English, Literature, Math, Science, History, Geography, and General Studies.

Taggart deftly reminds writers of such important points as:

A homonym has nothing to do with grits,

Rush Limbaugh is not a homophone,

Diphthongs are not article of skimpy clothing,

Alliteration rarely is related to IQ,

Prosody has nothing to do with either prose or sexual acts.

In the “Literature” section, she reminds readers that Jane Austen, Jane Mansfield, and MacArthur Park are connected in name only.

Every chapter is filled with interesting facts and reminders that will have you scratching your head, raising an eyebrow, and gearing up to quiz yourself and your friends when you “fact-drop”

casually in conversation. Chances are, others are just as forgetful about what they learned in school, too. This reviewer cannot remember such a handy collection of information since the “Dictionary of Cultural Literacy” or a gathering of the old men of The Presidents Club at the Louisville Tavern.

The talented Taggart’s tome treats tenants to timely teachings.


Please click the book cover image to read more about FCEtier and his novels.

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