Category Archives: off topic

Turkey of a Myth

By  Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever We have often noted that often repeated language and grammar errors seem to become “correct” usage. Wouldn’t it be weird if math used that philosophy? When enough people said … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Kids Shop and Drive

This is an off-topic post about the most annoying invention in the grocery store since the little sprinklers that turn on every time you reach for a carrot: the oversized shopping cart that allows a child to pretend to drive … Continue reading

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Never Too Old–Or Too Young

I know that this is completely off topic, but I wanted to share some video encouragement. You’re not too old to do what you want–or too young, for that matter–and I have proof. Follow the links to see an old … Continue reading

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Easter Is a Religious Holiday

This is completely off topic, but I think it’s important. In a country with religious freedom, there is a difference between religious holidays (even those celebrated by a majority of people) and national holidays (applicable to all citizens). Easter is … Continue reading

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Weather Whys in Bookstores

We can’t live on language and grammar alone, so please let me share my exciting news with you. My weather book, Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities is available in bookstores (and online) now. I think that anyone who’s interested in the … Continue reading

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A Chicken in Every Pot, and Weather Whys in Every Bathroom

As regular readers of the blog are undoubtedly aware by now, my weather book, Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities, will be in book stores in just a couple of days (March 2, to be exact). One of the advance-sale … Continue reading

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More Connected Than Ever Before

We love to say that “we’re so connected” or that “we’re more connected than ever before,” but are we really more connected or simply more distracted? I think the answer is clear. Conferences Attendees, who’ve paid for the privilege of attending … Continue reading

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Definition: Minority

I just want to get something straight since this sometimes seems to get confused:  The word minority, as it applies to a population of people, means “a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other … Continue reading

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White Christmas and Global Warming

I know. I know. You’re thinking that this post has absolutely nothing to do with grammar or language, and I want to assure you that you are absolutely correct. It’s not relevant to the blog; it’s relevant to the blogger, … Continue reading

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Hubris–Definition in Real Life

Hubris is defined, by the New Oxford American Dictionary, as “excessive pride or self-confidence,” and a British man is a living example of the word. A criminal suspect actually sent the police an updated photo for his own wanted poster … Continue reading

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