Archive for October 2016

For the World Series, check - and develop - your sense of history

For the World Series, check - and develop - your sense of history
Do you think historically? Seriously (of course), when you’re trying to remember an event, do you think of it in terms of the things going on at the same time? I do. Maybe that’s because I’ve kept a diary since 1975, just after I turned, uh, never mind how old. I need to have some... Read more »

What to say that means 'yeah, right' now that the Cubs are in the World Series

What to say that means 'yeah, right' now that the Cubs are in the World Series
Baseball is not my favorite sport, but I still admire its presence in the American version of the English language. You might say it’s a hit. But what about the disbelieving replies that just wore out? Those of us who would have answered “I didn’t eat the last piece of cake” by saying  “Oh, and the... Read more »

Practicing and political speech

Practicing and political speech
The final presidential debate is gone at last. But I keep thinking of phrases (and ideas) I heard again and again: Disaster… total disaster! I didn’t say that. (S)he said that. Did not! Did so! Wrong! As I watched the debate, I could hear some answers coming before the questions were finished. (The unpredictable ones? Oh,... Read more »
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Loss of 'worrisome' is concerning (me)

Loss of 'worrisome' is concerning (me)
I’m so interested in words that I can actually miss words that I don’t hear often enough. That’s not “miss” in the sense of “Oops, I didn’t hear that!” That’s “miss” in the sense of “Oh, word, I miss you!” That’s how I’ve been feeling as I get more and more irritated with the word... Read more »

A sick day with Louis was 'A Grownup's Garden of Verses'

A sick day with Louis was 'A Grownup's Garden of Verses'
As the air turned colder last week, the change in the weather left me spending a planned day off with a very un-planned sore throat. I couldn’t talk, even to myself. I didn’t want to do much but read and lie around. Between cups of tea, I lay and watched the vertical blinds move. (They were... Read more »

Diction is worth defending, too: boors vs. bores

Diction is worth defending, too: boors vs. bores
Like much of the Midwest, Chicago has a very flat accent. Visitors I’ve spoken to seem to be most startled that we mistreat our vowel sounds so badly. At any rate, when I’ve pointed out that we have only one vowel, “uh,” most of the time, I’m told that explains what my visitor has been... Read more »
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The benefits of the Chicago Marathon -- minus the costs

The benefits of the Chicago Marathon -- minus the costs
I am writing on the day before the Chicago Marathon, and I’m already fed up with its disruptions and troubles. I have read and heard that the race will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy, thanks to the number of visiting runners and family members, restaurant meals eaten, hotel rooms filled,... Read more »

The trouble with poetry

The trouble with poetry
When you don’t write a poem for a while, the thought of rhymes may make you smile. Yet if you’ve heard a discouraging word limericks can make you run a mile!   Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook. Have fun with words — Seriously! Subscribe by clicking on the button at the top of... Read more »