CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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August 10, 2014 (permalink)

York RoseA rose may be a rose may be a rose, but not so sludge.
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August 9, 2014 (permalink)

Lancaster RoseA rose may be a rose, but a movie with an inappropriate title may be a loser because of that title.
Filmmakers, 1978
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March 29, 2014 (permalink)

An illustration from a 1904 issue of The Reader magazine.
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March 25, 2014 (permalink)

A rose, rather, is the beginning, a form that can be an infusion of metaphors and ideas that are bigger than itself.
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November 1, 2013 (permalink)

A still from the perennially hilarious Addams Family.  Morticia is referring to the model of rare harpsichord that Lurch plays.
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October 25, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a continuation of the rosebush" [just as one is a continuation of one's mother]. —You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (2010)

World's largest rosebush by peppergrasss.
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September 21, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose because it has the principle of 'rose' and not the principle of 'fork.'"
Lee Dian Rainey, Confucius and Confucianism: The Essentials (2010)

A rose with forks, by LuluP.

Rose forks by Fox & Thomas.
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September 6, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose . . . except when you're shopping for flowers for your wedding. Then a 'bridal' rose is suddenly eight times more expensive than a regular rose." —Denise Fields, Bridal Bargains (2010)
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August 31, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is not always the same rose."
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Two-colored rose by tkksummers.
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August 17, 2013 (permalink)

Rosy lips by LunaDiRimmel.
"A rose is a rose is a labia."
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Incredibly Alice (2011)
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July 7, 2013 (permalink)

"Well, a rose is also a noun."
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The word rose by chrisinplymouth.
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June 20, 2013 (permalink)

"Everything was coming up black Peruvian roses."  From the classic sitcom Bewitched.

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March 15, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose whether it's alive or wilted."
Hexin E McPhee, A Vision of Love (2011)
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February 22, 2013 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose is a rose . . . unless it's an apple! Apples are actually part of the rose family."
Karla Dornacher, Sweet as Apple Pie (2011)

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January 16, 2013 (permalink)

"'A rose is a rose is a rose,' but what is true of roses is not true of homicides."
American Legal Injustice: Behind the Scenes with an Expert Witness
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December 31, 2012 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose is a rose because innately there is a mechanism whereby the mind understands that a unit, in spite of its individual characteristics, belongs to a composite."
Ilan Stavans, Return to Centro Historico (2011)
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November 12, 2012 (permalink)

"Some people adopt a linear thinking, that is, a rose is a rose is a rose. Those people also emphasize cause and effect. That is to say, if you have this, then you will have that. You can trace back everything in this way."
Peter Kien-Hong Yu, One-Dot Theory Described, Explained, Inferred, Justified, and Applied (2011)

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October 24, 2012 (permalink)

"A rose is a rose is an onion."
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

An onion rose from Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook.
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September 26, 2012 (permalink)

"One might say that 'a rose is a rose is a rose' (or perhaps 'a noun is a noun is a noun'), but verbs are not so simple."
Phineas J. Caruthers, Style & Circumstance: The Gentleperson's Guide to Good Grammar (2012)
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August 27, 2012 (permalink)

"'A rose is a rose is a rose' . . . doesn't actually hold true for different types of damask rose oils: rose otto is preferable over rose absolute as the former is not extracted using chemical solvents."
Stephanie Gailing, Planetary Apothecary (2012)
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