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”

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”

Theaters of War and Entertainment

Theater is a word often used to indicate an area of warfare. I have often thought that a bizarre choice of word. According to Wikipedia: In warfare, a theater or (theatre) is an area or place in which important military events occur or are progressing. A theater can include the entirety of the air space,Continue reading “Theaters of War and Entertainment”

Squawking Flock – Not Murder – of Crows Explained

For the last week or so my neighbours and I have been awakened just before sunrise by the sound of crows swooping about and cawing, landing in trees and squawking.  Yesterday I had the good fortune to be able to ask one of these crows a few questions when he dropped by my bird feeder.Continue reading “Squawking Flock – Not Murder – of Crows Explained”

Irritable Vowel Syndrome – something has to change yventually

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 Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Irritable Vowel Syndrome – something has to change yventually”

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 …”

Sunday Rerun: An Absolute Shame; Degrees of Unique

(Originally posted April 27, 2013.) There I was, all set to gripe about the trendy breaking-down of the word unique into various degrees. You hear it all the time these days, from TV news anchors and talking-head analysts. Sports commentators and talk-show hosts are just as guilty, sitcoms and even public television documentaries. What am I carpingContinue reading “Sunday Rerun: An Absolute Shame; Degrees of Unique”

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”

An absolute shame, degrees of unique

There I was, all set to gripe about the trendy breaking-down of the word unique into various degrees. You hear it all the time these days, from TV news anchors and talking-head analysts. Sports commentators and talk-show hosts are just as guilty, sitcoms and even public television documentaries. What am I carping on about? The trendy breakingContinue reading “An absolute shame, degrees of unique”