Posts in category "Grammar"

6 Web Headline Teasers That Don't Work on me

<strong>This WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!</strong><br><br>Predicting that you can blow my mind implies that you know a lot about me. <br><br>But when web headlines promise to blow my mind with 11 facts about asparagus, it implies they don't know me because I don't like trite web headlines.
If a newspaper headline can be imagined as something read aloud by Walter Cronkite to a captive audience, then a web headline could be  analogous to something yelled out by a  carnival barker; an enticing-yet-veiled promise for all at the carnival to come have a closer look. Then by the time you have a closer... Read more »

I Thought of Another Triple Entendre

I Thought of Another Triple Entendre
In August of 2011 I thought of a triple entendre and I think I finally thought of another one, seven months later. I hope that my readers who fancy themselves to be triple entendre purists can forgive that one of the plays-on-words is a play on the words sounding alike, but being spelled differently. Here... Read more »

10 Reasons to Pronounce it "JIF", not "GIF"

10 Reasons to Pronounce it "JIF", not "GIF"
In 1987, a Compuserve programmer named Steve Wilhite invented the .GIF file compression format which allowed for color pictures to be sent over the internet much faster than previous compression techniques allowed for. Eventually the .JPEG format became more popular for picture file compression, but the .GIF has recently regained it’s popularity for its ability... Read more »
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My Favorite Tweets of 2012

This one killed me and so does that picture of Willy.
Upon realizing I tend to take screen grabs of about 85% of my favorite tweets, I decided to make a list of my favorites from 2012. Happy New Year from all of us at Lists That Actually Matter and Happy Year, even when it’s old.

Let's Retire the Word,"Evil", Like the Intellectual Grown-ups That we are

Let's Retire the Word,"Evil", Like the Intellectual Grown-ups That we are
Sometimes when a person uses just one word, you can tell a lot about them just because they used that one word.  When I hear someone describing a bruise as a “hematoma” for instance, I reflexively think that person has had some medical training. Similarly, when I hear someone pronounce New Orleans as, “Nawlins”, I... Read more »

11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word or Prefix

11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word or Prefix
Please note this is the third installment of this series: for further reading: Part 1 and Part 2 can be found here.   Disenfranchise- It’s common to hear a jilted bloc of people referred to as, “disenfranchised”, but I am pretty sure I’ve never heard of anyone being “enfranchised”- which means to set free, or... Read more »
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11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word

11 More Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word
          In May I listed 11 Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word. So for instance you never hear “kilter” unless it’s after the word, “off”. I also include words with prefixes that are more common than the root word itself (e.g. subordinate/ordinate). I thought of 11... Read more »

11 Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word

11 Words You Hear Only When Paired With a Certain Other Word
The other day someone told me something wasn’t too shabby and I realized that I never hear the word “shabby” unless I am hearing that something is “not too shabby.”. No one ever says something is shabby, and really, I’m not even sure what shabby means because I don’t know what a shab is. That... Read more »

12 Best Parts of my Trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo

I recently walked to the Lincoln Park Zoo and here is the awesome that befell me.   1. Pleasant  Surrounding Views You see plenty of views of the Hancock Tower, but not this one very often. The gardens south of the Arboretum are gorgeously maintained. 2. Lincoln Park Residents Flushing Expired Viagra has Affected the... Read more »
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Vol. III- 11 More Annoying and Overused Phrases Dumb People Say

Vol. III- 11 More Annoying and Overused Phrases Dumb People Say
  In May I wrote a list of 11 phrases I find stupid.  Then I thought of 11 more in August. and I now have another 11. To be sure– I’m not saying these are all cardinal sins of grammar or that my grammar is immaculate (to put it Christianly), but it just so happens these... Read more »