Yearly Archives: 2011


I love it when words from other languages make it into American usage, because I think they make our lexica* so much richer and fuller. Schmatte is one such word. Schmatte is Yiddish for “an old ragged garment or tattered … Continue reading

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I was out shopping recently and, as I left a store, someone handed me a piece of paper and said, “Here is a coupon for you.” I smiled, but inwardly I was gritting my teeth. Want to know why? Because … Continue reading

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It’s there, no matter what

This time of year, I hear a lot of complaining about putting the Christ back in Christmas. Much of this has to do with the religion or lack thereof in the holiday, but I’m not going to discuss that here. … Continue reading

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Better than a tongue twister

Here is a fun link for you: If you can correctly pronounce every word in the linked poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.  Enjoy. (Thanks to my friend Cassi … Continue reading

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And now I know

Here’s what I learned yesterday: starfish are actually seastars and jelly fish are actually seajellies.

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Gifts for the grammar geek

I must admit, this list has a few goodies that I’d love to have.

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You, me, he, I, and more…

I seriously cannot believe I haven’t griped about this common error, but today is your lucky day. I often hear or read statements like the following: “Bob made my husband and I a…” “He left the house, leaving she and … Continue reading

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