So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?

Some while ago I was having a discussion with someone about the ‘hidden’ elements of various company logos. For instance, the arrow in the FedEx logo. Like most people who live in an urban area the FedEx logo is something we see almost daily on passing trucks and drop-off bins. But for the life ofContinue reading “So, Like, Can We Rein In The Use Of Some Words?”

Language And Acceptance Culture

Let me vent. While I understand that languages evolve over time (if not we would be speaking English as Shakespeare wrote it) but sometimes I have difficulty with the current usage. However, perhaps diametrically opposed to cancel culture, a movement that applies today’s values to historical events and calls for cancelations (see Le Pew, Pepe),Continue reading “Language And Acceptance Culture”

I Nominate “Pivot” as 2016 Most Overused Campaign Word

After what feels like decades the US election campaign is down to the last four days. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are picking up the pace as they crisscross the country in a last effort to secure votes. Perhaps the only group more fatigued than the candidates are the umpteen surrogates who continue to popContinue reading “I Nominate “Pivot” as 2016 Most Overused Campaign Word”

Look, The Thing Is …

While enjoying a frosty beer in my local Irish pub on a very hot afternoon recently a fellow imbiber,  originally from Massachusetts, but now a die-hard Montrealer brought up an interesting topic. We have often chatted, and share a love of words and enjoy discussing the oddities and the subtle differences in how the same language, English,Continue reading “Look, The Thing Is …”

I Hope This Post Resonates With Readers

As I write this we are mere hours from the start of the Sunday morning news shows. These programs – Meet the Press, Face the Nation, ABC This Week – are a throwback to the days before 24-hour news channels, a time when a few hours on Sunday morning was the only outlet for talkingContinue reading “I Hope This Post Resonates With Readers”

Quebec Linguistic Oddity

As we wind-down the 2014 Quebec election campaign and get ready to actually cast ballots on Monday, the only poll that counts, the country’s media is chock-a-block with coverage. Nice to feel wanted! Here’s a fun little linguistic tidbit – no, not that sort of linguistic problem – let’s leave those aside until at leastContinue reading “Quebec Linguistic Oddity”

Selfie is Word of the Year – here’s a famous historical selfie

The folks at the Oxford Dictionary have bestowed the honor of ‘Word of the Year’ on Selfie. That popular term for creating an image of yourself by holding your smart phone up and snapping away, or using a mirror. New word? Sure. New concept? Hardly. Below is an example of a famous Selfie from 1889Continue reading “Selfie is Word of the Year – here’s a famous historical selfie”

A blind man running won’t notice

I know all the letters, and many – but certainly not all – of the words, and I even have a layman’s knowledge of many of the numbers. So, as the walrus said to the carpenter, the time has come, to satisfy those who have told me over the years: “You should write.” As forContinue reading “A blind man running won’t notice”

Where once there were multiple words, now there’s just multiple

Once coupled primarily with sclerosis, choice or orgasm, the word “multiple” has become the darling of the media recently. Multiple attacks; multiple air strikes, multiple times, multiple candidates… well, you get the idea. According to the folks at Merriam-Webster, many, ironically multiple, words, exist that are just as appropriate including: countless, innumerable, numberless, uncountable, unnumbered,Continue reading “Where once there were multiple words, now there’s just multiple”

Can you please stop saying “like”?

Definition of LIKE transitive verb 1chiefly dialect: to be suitable or agreeable to <I like onions but they don’t like me> 2a: to feel attraction toward or take pleasure in :enjoy <likes baseball> b: to feel toward :regard <how would you like a change> 3: to wish to have :want <would like a drink> 4:Continue reading “Can you please stop saying “like”?”