What if We Hired People for Other Jobs the Way We Hire Politicians?

October 19, 2012

A Police Officer:

“You should hire me because that other gal that interviewed hangs out with known crooks.”

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Ends and Odds

February 27, 2011

Here are even more oddities about the English language:

  • Why do we say, “even and odd,” but when it comes to ends and odds the odds go first?
  • Please stop saying, “but yet.” But and yet mean the same thing. Try, “and yet,” or just, “but.”
  • Here’s an old classic that recently reared its nonsensical head: “Irregardless.” It generally suffices to say, “regardless,” unless you are  trying to negate the negative and come up with an adverb form of regard.
  • “Same difference”: Huh?
  • How about didgeridon’ts for those who don’t like didgeridoos?* Read the rest of this entry »

It Ain’t What You Eat it’s the Way How You Chew it: Lessons for Democrats

January 26, 2010

After their 2008 electoral sweep, many Democrats ridiculed Republicans for continuing, even intensifying, in playing to their base. Gleeful Democratic pundits commented that Republicans were out of touch with the mainstream values of the electorate. The Republicans were forcing moderates out of their party. Moving further and further to the right seemed laughably misguided for a national strategy.

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