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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

October 16, 2018 

beldame:  (noun)  an old woman, especially an ugly one; a witch.  This year for Halloween, I'm going to dress up like a beldame.

 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

McDonald’s

Ever notice how McDonald’s doesn’t have small drinks anymore?  Sure, they have cups that are the same size that the small cups used to be, but now they call that size a “medium.”  In so doing, they have created a logical impossibility.  You cannot have a medium unless you have a small and a large.  Why did they do that?  And we all know by now, if there is a question that doesn’t have a logical answer, or if you don’t like the answer that you get, then it must be a conspiracy!

10:11 am pdt 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nooks and Crannies:  

Like many clichés, this one’s redundant as well.  A nook is pretty much the same as a cranny:  a small place that offers seclusion or security.  So if they mean the same, why is it we can’t use one without the other?  By golly!  We’re going to find those car keys.  I’ll look in all the nooks, and you look in all the crannies.

8:53 am pdt 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Facts Don’t Lie

True, facts don’t lie, but then again, they don’t tell the truth, either.  It’s because “facts” are inanimate.  They don’t do anything other than exist.  And that’s why it’s truly pointless to even say something is a “fact.”  For instance:  It is a fact that I’m being redundant and using a cliché when I say “it’s a fact.”  And that’s no lie.

9:51 am pdt 

Thought of the Every So Often:

People don’t seem discontent that others must work harder than them, only that they must work harder than others.  (Earl Eldridge)

9:23 am pdt 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Everybody is Unique

The idea that everybody is unique has become a bit of a cliché, to say the least.  And, like most clichés, if you analyze what you’re actually saying, you quickly realize just how silly it is.  If we are all unique, then “uniqueness” is a common quality we all possess, and being unique becomes average, making nobody unique.  The entire concept of being unique is that it only works if everybody can’t be unique.  True, you could argue that everybody is different, but being different does not make you unique.

And while we’ve got “unique” on the spot, it is a word that requires no modification.  You can’t be “very unique” or “sort of unique” or “just a little unique” or what have you.  If something is unique, then that’s it.

12:01 pm pdt 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Third ‘Till

When referring to time, we say it’s a quarter ‘till the hour, or it’s half past.  But we never say it’s a third after four, for instance.  Why is that?  A third comes between a quarter and a half, but we just skip right over it.  I don’t know about you, but I want to know why!

8:48 am pdt 


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