One book before a nap (more correctly, these days, enforced alone time) and two books before bed. Plus whatever we happen to decide to read together throughout the span of any given day. Lately, I read out loud a lot, is what I'm saying. Inevitably I'll end up reading Squawk something I don't much enjoy. […]
I drive past this sign at least once a week, and it never fails to amuse me. Must be the cynic in me.
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I have a love-hate relationship with chewing gum. One of the guys at work always has these strange brands of gum, with highbrow flavours. He particularly favours minty orange, which I'll grant you is surprising at first, but delicious. And every now and then I steal some off him because, well, for example, lunch needs […]
During the recent edits on Shadow Bound, I tripped over my outdated grammatical education. Namely: did you all know that the plural of roof is ROOFS? (North Americans please to be looking away, since you have always known this, because for you this has always been true, and thus my perplexity may in turn perplex […]
Here's a malapropism that made me chortle all day yesterday: "…in other words, the [object] is [a thing], as succinct from [that other thing]"1 Succinct? SUCCINCT? OH, MR ATTORNEY. YOU MEAN DISTINCT. Now, I'll grant you, there's a passing aural resemblance on account of that -inct suffix business, but I don't care to admit that […]
Today at work I pointed out a tagline that was aiming for — and singularly failing to use — the plural possessive. Worse, I did it with frustrated hand gestures and even (oh dear lord) finished up with a wordless cry. You know what this means, don't you? That's right: I've cemented my reputation. In […]
Did you know that Latin has a supine verb form?1 I can only postulate that it is a verb form devoted solely to a) lying down and b) the various ways of accomplishing or maintaining (or imposing) such a position. (This sounds most excellent to me.) Alternatively, perhaps it is the verb form used to […]
Every morning, on the way to work, I pass the "Grate Cafe".1 Their sign promises Grate Food, Grate Coffee, Grate Catering, and I CAN'T STAND THEM FOR THAT SIGN. I don't care whether it's deliberate2 or a genuine mistake. Grate coffee? Unless it's made from grated coffee beans, I don't think so. For that matter, […]
Did you know that Acts are so impossible to untangle that there is an entire Act dedicated solely to their interpretation? It's called, funnily enough, the Acts Interpretation Act, and is basically a list of rules about how to decipher the concrete meaning hiding beneath the impenetrable mound of clauses, annotations, and circular references that […]