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.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:32 am pdt
The Fourth of July
Every year we
dutifully celebrate the Fourth of July on, of all days, the fourth of July. But what, exactly, are we celebrating?
Truth be told, not much. By July Fourth, 1776, our independence had already been declared. That was two days earlier,
on the 2nd. And the Revolution had been underway for well over a year, starting back in April of 1775.
The first draft of the Declaration of Independence had been written in June of 1776, it was signed on August 2, 1776, and
it was officially delivered to England in November of 1776. It was on July 4th, 1776, that the Continental
Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. That’s it. In essence, we are celebrating
proofreading. But like all good editors, they dated it. And that’s the date we remember.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
12:17 pm pdt
Third Time’s a Charm
This is a cliché of uncertain origin, and there
is truly nothing to support that a third time should be any better than the first or the second, or that a fourth attempt
may not be necessary. More...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
10:33 am pdt
Ask any father. He’ll tell you. Father’s Day is a crock. Oh, sure, you get a
tie, but to a dad, a tie is like giving your mother a vacuum. You see, the thing is, Father’s Day is in the summer,
and Mother’s Day is during the school year. So moms get all the fun stuff that the kids make, like homemade cards
or baby food jars filled with water and glitter. Fathers get doodley. What we need is a holiday that we can appreciate,
one where we get to sit around and drink beer and watch sports... well... other than the Super Bowl, or the World Series,
or Nascar, or any given weekend from, say, August through February, or March through July. More...