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.
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 Saying it Wrong will take a look at several folk etymologies, a couple of which have...
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 failing. You can view the video below. Of course, the students answer that this would...
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 mean what they say.
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 shouldn't try to peak someone's interest, wet someone's appetite, say "Here comes...
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 importantly, explanations for each.
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 structure is unfair. The problem is, the analogy is completely false.
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, semi-regular, okay?) basis.
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 consider disposable, and a fun part of your padawan's training.
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 water for a year.