While occasionally spanking your kids when they really mess up probably isn't going to do any lasting harm, routine spanking isn't a very good idea. Here are some reasons why.
Parenting is easy. No, really, it is. All you have to do is keep the kid fed, clothed, sheltered, and safe. Oh, and teach the kid how to talk, and not to soil himself. That’s relatively easy stuff. Being a good...
Lots of words and phrases in English are the result of a process called Folk Etymology. This is a linguistic shift in which an unusual or foreign word gets changed to a more familiar word. This edition of You’re...
Lots of English idioms have very interesting origins. In this iteration of "Your Friendly Neighborhood Grammar Geek," we’ll take a look at some phrases that come from the mighty sailor men of days gone by.
A few concepts that will allow you to bring a little magic into the ‘real’ world for your role-playing pleasure. I’ll be dressing up these items in Victorian-era clothing because Steampunk is trendy at the moment,...
So somebody with delusions of cleverness has posted a video online in which they ask liberal college students if they think it would be okay if the school were to redistribute their good grades to students who are...
In You're Saying it Wrong, part 3, we'll see why we don't pull our rope 'taunt' when we go 'repelling,' find out why inferring is different from implying, and might literally chuckle at people who try to make metaphors...
The Girl Scouts are selling their cookies again. My favorites are the Thin Mints, which have only one flaw: you can't dunk 'em. But fear not! I'm going to show you an even better way to eat them.
The English language is full of words that sound alike but are written differently, or are spelled alike but pronounced differently, and which make you look silly when you mix them up. This article discusses why we...
“Political Correctness” has become something of a dirty word in America. It’s been condemned as thought control, repression of independent thought, reverse discrimination, and so forth. But really, Political...
In a further attempt to bring an understanding of standard grammar and usage to the masses, here are some common expressions that are often mispronounced and/or misspelled, along with the correct usage, and most...
Robin Hood’s story has been around since the Middle Ages, but still remains relevant today. Here's some thoughts on why.
There’s an analogy about the nation’s tax structure that involves several people who make different amounts of money splitting the check at a restaurant. The analogy purports to explain why a progressive tax...
Yes. Yes it is. Read on to find out why your granddad's old-fashioned cast iron skillet is superior to the brand-new nonstick cookware you probably registered for when you got married.
Are you noodle folk? Does broth run deep in your veins? If not, don't worry. You, too can learn the secret of Secret Ingredient Soup!
In a traditional blog, this article might be called a “link-dump.” But I’m not just dumping a bunch of links. I want to share with you some neat things that make me happy on a daily (…well, maybe weekly…well,...
This is the story of how I was able to write a screenplay and get it turned into an actual short film that people have seen in a theater, in spite of having no knowledge of the filmmaking process.
Here's how you and your padawan can make a decent-looking toy lightsaber with a bunch of stuff you probably already have lying around the house. It will be light enough to be safe for use in mock duels, cheap enough to...
When to use an apostrophe with pronouns, when not to, and why.
Bottled water is a nice amenity to offer your staff and clients, but it carries a huge markup for not much added value. Read on to discover the savings potential for a ten-person office staff switching to filtered tap...