When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive?
How that simple dot at the end of the sentence became something you use to tell people you're mad. Right. Now.
It's not overhearing conversations. It's listening to people complain about overhearing conversations.
It's not that travelers have to overhear conversations. It's that the rest of us have to hear them complain about having overheard conversations.
If you are under the age of 45, chances are that at some point somebody over the age of 45 has condemned your alleged overuse of the word “like.” This person may or may not have said it politely. He or she may have been motivated by an altruistic desire to make you look respectable to others, a self-interested impulse to stop you from irritating them, or something in between.
This piece orignally appeared on newstatesman.com.
In a blog post Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledged “difficulties” since the launch of Healthcare.gov—the national healthcare-exchange site for Americans not living in states that set up their own exchanges—and promised a “tech surge” to solve the site’s problems. How deadly serious and uncompromisingly aggressive that sounds!
We’re in Week Three of the government shutdown, speeding toward the October 17 debt ceiling deadline. The stalemate continues, and the Smithsonian's still closed. We know the two parties are talking, but what are they actually saying? We're not talking tea leaves here; rather, definitions. Here's a handy glossary for the procedural and partisan parlance of the "shutdown showdown" and "debt-ceiling debacle."
How to talk like a business-school bro
You need to learn this phrase if you want to succeed at talking like a business school bro.
It's the most pernicious cliché of our time
It’s the most pernicious cliché of our time.
The Grumpy Grammarian on how we cope with the gap between how words sound and how we write them down.
How does the last page of Gatsby read when you strip it of Fitzgerald's characteristic style?