Category Archives: Language

American Media: Stop Condoning the Corruption of Our Language

If you’re like me, there are a lot of things in the world that disturb you: economic issues, environmental issues, social issues, political issues; the list is long. If you have any interest at all in the ongoing survival of humanity, … Continue reading

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I love you, a bushel and a peck…a kenning and a quart…and a pint and a firlot?

A bushel? A peck? A dry quart? What exactly are these, and other common (and less common) units of measure? How do they compare to each other and to other common measures (such as a “wet” quart, or a liter)? … Continue reading

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A Little Practical Hawaiian

A couple of months ago I started putting together what I had expected would be a pair of posts to bookend my (long-planned and nearly cancelled) family vacation to Hawaii. The idea was that I would look at Hawaiian words … Continue reading

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Tour de force? Coup de grace? Maybe coup de force or tour de grace?

A weird error crossed my desk the other day and it was interesting enough that I’m devoting this post to it. You’ve probably encountered both of these phrases: coup de grace and tour de force. A coup de grace (the … Continue reading

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What does “anodyne” mean? It’s really not very exciting.

Bland. Dull. Boring. Insipid. Those are some of the synonyms listed in one dictionary for “anodyne.” Are you familiar with that word: anodyne? It’s certainly been getting a lot more use lately. Why is that? The word has been around … Continue reading

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