Over the bank holiday, or what you Yanks celebrate as Memorial Day, it was National Biscuit Day. It was on this day that I made an important discovery. Cookie Monster has a British cousin who wears a
Last week I explored the linguistic value of short moving images (aka gifs) to express an emotional frustration with words. This week brought another piece of explosive news, that doesn’t real
This is great: It’s not the first time snowflake has veered from the natural world to the world of slang. In the 1970s snowflake was a disparaging term for a white man or for a black man who was
Wholeheartedly approved: How y’all doing? A greeting as Southern as a bowl of grits, it rolls off the tongue in a single open-mouth utterance. Sweeter than honey and often saturated with hidden mean
It’s time to declare war on grammar snobs. They are both annoying and wrong: The grammatical rules invoked by pedants aren’t real rules of grammar at all. They are, at best, just stylistic con
If we followed the Chinese model and banned puns on this blog, our comments would fall by 50 percent.
I’m not sure Oak Ridge National Laboratory importing the ideas of Dr. Henry Higgins is such a good idea: The rain in Spain won’t be falling mainly on the plain after all, at least not at Oak R
Bringing you only the most important news of the day, here’s the first known use of the word “fuck” in the written English language, in its modern spelling. Written by a monk of cour