Concurrences and dissents to verdicts on words by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune

Concurrences and dissents to verdicts on words by Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune
(Note: I read Eric Zorn’s excellent column in the Chicago Tribune and enjoy his writing, even when I don’t agree with his opinions. On June 11, his column “Break up the ‘Southside’ and other verdicts on words” was particularly enjoyable. In the spirit of his court verdicts, I offer the following concurrences and dissents. Terms... Read more »

How to get used to Celsius temperatures and get along better with people who use them

How to get used to Celsius temperatures and get along better with people who use them
Are you working with people in other countries? Are you sending comments on social media back and forth about temperatures in the 80s here and 20s or 30s in another country? Would you believe I’m talking about the same weather?I’ve found a way to make your correspondence more comfortable and your life easier.Find a browser... Read more »

Chicago Now's Best Posts for May 2021

Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to choose the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of more than 500 posts published during the month of May, here are the 20 judged to be the best. Becoming Supermommy Somehow the Same Old New Things Bonnie’s EYE on…!  Wally Triplett, A Man of Many Firsts Cheating Death  How do... Read more »
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'Don't put your winter clothes away until Race Day!'

'Don't put your winter clothes away until Race Day!'
It’s May 28. I’m running my air conditioner (very slowly) to try to get the humidity down in my apartment, but it’s barely on. I stuck my head out of the front door earlier, and a sweatshirt and jeans just were not enough. When I go out soon, early in the afternoon, I’m going to... Read more »

'Teller of Tales' and the Imaginary Writers' Room on Conan Doyle's birthday

'Teller of Tales' and the Imaginary Writers' Room on Conan Doyle's birthday
I knew I’d cause a sensation when I walked into the Imaginary Writers’ Room in my mind yesterday. I was holding one of my favorite biographies, “Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle,” by Daniel Stashower (New York, 1999: Henry Holt and Company). Robert Louis Stevenson saw the gold letters on the back... Read more »

When the pandemic is finished, I will...

When the pandemic is finished, I will...
When the pandemic is finished, I will be a different person than I was when it began. After all, that was March 2020. I am a different person than I was in March 2021, as well as 2020. When the pandemic is finished, I will take two of the bandannas I turned into facemasks and... Read more »
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Recuse: a Word Worth Defending for the Best Posts lists

Recuse: a Word Worth Defending for the Best Posts lists
Regular readers (and fellow bloggers) will have noticed long before this that I am now the editor of the monthly Best Posts lists for Chicago Now. Yet I’m not about to stop writing, and one post I wrote did appear on the February 2021 list. I left that post on the list for February because... Read more »

Chicago Now's Best Posts of April 2021

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of more than 500  posts published during the month of April, here are the 20 judged to be the best. The Barbershop: Dennis Bryne, Proprietor Yikes! Now too few germs?Becoming SuperMommy On Grief and VertigoCheating Death Tonight you’ll have dinner with the... Read more »

The exception doesn't prove the rule -- it disproves it

The exception doesn't prove the rule -- it disproves it
If I hear “the exception that proves the rule” one more time, I just might scream, so I decided to write this instead. I still remember the time when my dad asked me about that expression and what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have written about it in a Sherlock Holmes story. (Thanks and kudos... Read more »
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How to change your 'gruntlement'

How to change your 'gruntlement'
During my job search — which is a long way to say “recently” — I’ve found a kindred spirit on LinkedIn,com. The Grammar Girl column there, which features all sorts of “quick and dirty tips,” has a recent post here headlined “Don’t worry, be gruntled.” Guest author Bonnie Trenga credits P.G. Wodehouse, one of the... Read more »