the English You Will Ever Need
The English language is constantly evolving, both the words we use and the rules
that control the usage of those words. Therefore, it is impossible to ever have a definitive grammar guide, or, if you
will, a Complete Guide of American English. And that’s our excuse.
Word of the Every So Often
(noun) the light reflected off a surface, usually that of a planet or moon, measured on a scale of zero to one, zero
being completely non-reflective (such as black), and one being completely reflective (such as a mirror). Sir, we're
going to have to ask you to put on your hat. The albedo off of your head is disturbing the other fans.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
3:05 pm pdt
on Baseball's Opening Day.
The popcorn's fresh, the beer is cold,
on Baseball's Opening Day.
Monday, March 17, 2014
1:26 pm pdt
St. Patrick’s Day
As many people already
know, St. Patrick is the Catholic patron saint of Ireland, and we celebrate his feast day every February 17, by wearing shamrocks,
eating corned beef and cabbage, and getting rip-roaring drunk. However, according to Philip Freeman, who is a
classics professor at Luther College in Iowa, "The modern celebration of St. Patrick's Day really has almost nothing
to do with the real man." (1 St. Patrick’s Day) Indeed, the entire celebration is pretty much an American
Thursday, March 6, 2014
12:33 pm pst
What Year Is It?
Well... that all depends where you are. Living in
the Western World, it is often easy to forget that other people in other parts of the world do things completely differently
than us, and one of those things is how they record time. The following is offered just to keep a perspective on time.
And when you’re dealing with Time, it’s always a good idea to have a little Perspective. More...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9:00 am pst
The Ides of March
Let’s face it. Nobody would give
a rip about the ides of anything, much less the Ides of March, if it hadn’t been for William Shakespeare. In his
play Julius Caesar, he has the Soothsayer warn the doomed ruler, “Beware the ides of March.” (I.ii.66)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
4:17 pm pst
The Slash /
The slash, which was made popular by rock star Saul
Hudson, was used in the days before the Hyphen to break words at the end of lines. Not to be confused, there are actually two slashes on your keyboard, one that leans
backwards, cleverly called the backslash, and one that leans forward, which, not too surprisingly, is called a forward slash,
as well as a virgule, oblique, oblique stroke, diagonal, solidus, and separatrix. The backslash is only used sparingly
in computer jargon, so we’ll ignore that one, and to make life simpler, we’ll call everything else a “slash,”
though I’d be open to popularizing the term separatrix. More...