Category Archives: Culture

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

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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

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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

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Another so-called (or is it so called?) blog post

The phrase “so-called” has been tossed around a lot in recent months, and it’s one that deserves attention and explanation. People use it all the time, but it’s still subject to misinterpretation, both in what people mean (or think they … Continue reading

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Banished but not Vanished

Just a quick post today to get caught up… Every January the Public Relations Office at Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan) releases its List of Banished Words, a not-so-serious exercise now in its 42nd year. How time … Continue reading

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