Irritable Vowel Syndrome

A as in annoyed. Here in Canada there are areas where people tend to use it as a little tag question at the end of a sentence as in “Great day, eh”. Therein lies the problem; all those references that are made to the Canadian “eh” and it isn’t even spelled “a”. Should be “GreatContinue reading “Irritable Vowel Syndrome”

Who vs Whom on Campus

On the front page of today’s Montreal Gazette there is an article about yesterday’s protest at McGill University. Concordia and McGill students decried the schools’ administrations lack of action on sexual misconduct accusations. Clearly an issue of great importance. But let me disrupt your thoughts on these allegations for a moment and turn to anotherContinue reading “Who vs Whom on Campus”

Coming Attractions: Bridget Jones’ Apostrophe S

When I was a boy going to grade school, way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, tramping five miles to and fro, somehow uphill both ways, they taught us English grammar. We parsed sentences and memorized irregular verbs til the cows came home. They pounded rules into our fertile young minds, then just as hardContinue reading “Coming Attractions: Bridget Jones’ Apostrophe S”

Scotiabank: You Cannot Be Both New and Improved!

In a current television ad for Canadian bank Scotiabank there are two very irksome aspects. Yet again I find myself pointing out that it is impossible to be both new and improved. The kind lady in the ad manages to move a few things around and save the young lad $1500 so he can takeContinue reading “Scotiabank: You Cannot Be Both New and Improved!”

My “New and Improved” Hobbyhorse

Here I go again. Just when I thought it was safe to read packages once more I was confronted with yet another “new and improved” claim. An entity can no more be both new and improved that can it be both round and square. By trumpeting the improved nature of the product the advertisers implyContinue reading “My “New and Improved” Hobbyhorse”

Irritable Vowel Syndrome

Irritable Vowel Syndrome – something has to change yventually!  Cause, Meet Effect. DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional FreanContinue reading “Irritable Vowel Syndrome”