Category Archives: Culture

Blacklist vs Blackball

“I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.” – Groucho Marx Blacklist or blackball? Which term is correct in which context and why? I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Language, Things you should know, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i.e. and e.g.: You’re not writing in Latin, so why are you using them?

i.e. and e.g.: What are they? Why do we use them? What do they mean? And why don’t we just get rid of them?

Posted in Culture, Grammar, Language, Punctuation, Things you should know, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Has “Jumped the Shark” Jumped the Shark?

A specific (mis-)use of language smacked me upside the head (…figuratively…) recently and it deserves coverage here. Do you know the phrase “jumped the shark?” Many of us do. But someone apparently doesn’t, because he used it to mean something … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Language, Things you should know | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Were they really enabled to be able to say that?

It’s only June, but I’ve already come across a clear front-runner for this year’s “worst sentence to make it into print.”* Cooper said Massachusetts law and regulation prohibit retailers from passing their bulk buy discount to consumers, and that Total … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Grammar, Language | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

American Religiolect: Christianese / Evangelicalese

There was an interesting short feature on PRI’s The World radio program several weeks ago about religious language which is very much worth sharing. Readers of this blog probably recognize that new and interesting words catch my interest. I’m often … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Grammar, Language, Things you should know, Words | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment