language

Spade cats and gas turbans

When my son mentioned eggcorns and I didn’t know what he was talking about, I had to go find the website. I couldn’t let him be the sole possessor of such knowledge, not when I’m the parent and the former… Read More ›

Today’s oxymoron

Christian militia: As in, “Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group [the Hutaree] have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government… Read More ›

How do you say 2010?

So what’s it going to be, America? Is 2010 going to be Two Thousand Ten  or Twenty Ten? Or maybe even 2K10? CNN’s poll gave a significant majority to Two Thousand Ten. Sorry, I prefer Twenty Ten.

‘Teabagger’ is here to stay

I’ve been wincing for months — every time someone uses the word teabagger on the air. Sometimes it’s the Tea Party people themselves, seemingly ignorant of the word’s original crude meaning. At other times it’s been liberals who seem to… Read More ›

Media might does not make right

Almost four years ago I wrote a little diatribe about the frequent misuse of the word troop. This grating of media fingernails on my chalkboard continues. Naturally the media are the primary offenders as they spend so much time talking… Read More ›

Getting snarky on Shuster

Some of you may recall my howls several months ago when MSNBC’s David Shuster demonstrated the shortcomings of his education by mispronouncing the word sword, repeatedly. Today he made me cringe again. Maybe I’m just hypersensitive about these things. Okay,… Read More ›

PC silliness

Just a little addendum to my sunflower post a few days ago … Trying to identify the smaller thistle-like plant growing beneath the sunflowers, I looked up “niger seed,” a fine, black bird seed I’d always thought was from a… Read More ›