Category Archives: Words

“Who,” Not “That”

Over at The New York Times, Frank Bruni asks, What Happened to Who?: I first noticed it during the 2016 Republican presidential debates, which were crazy-making for so many reasons that I’m not sure how I zeroed in on this one. “Who” was being exiled from its rightful habitat. It was a linguistic bonobo: endangered, […]

Nerds Need Your Help

This is an actual headline at Gizmodo: Daylight Saving Time Is Like Sex in the Spring This is the problem with nerds: They can’t tell the difference between sex and an hour time-shift. Many nerds are frail, weak, and the only light they ever see, ironically, comes from their computer screens. They need your help.

Irony vs Coincidence

It seems I’m encountering people every other day who use ‘irony’ when they mean ‘coincidence.’ One of the best explanations of the distinction between these two words I ever read is by George Carlin in his 1998 book, Brain Droppings: Irony deals with opposites; it has nothing to do with coincidence. If two baseball players […]

Dirty Boulevard

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em That’s what the Statue of Bigotry says Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death And get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard —Dirty Boulevard by Lou Reed