August 28, 2009
Interdenominational or Nondenominational?
Leave it to an editor to fuss over something like this. But in the never ending (but quirkily inconsistent) quest for accuracy I can get into a “corrective” mode when people use the terms interdenominational for nondenominational—or use them interchangeably. I recently found this interchangeable use in one of our books where I thought it least likely to occur. This reinforced my impression that perhaps I’m the only one bothered by this.Continue reading "Interdenominational or Nondenominational?"
January 26, 2009
Of Camp Robbers, Chips and Commas: A Morality Tale
They were 8 Grain Crisps: advertised as “all natural,” “no trans fat” 8-grain (whole white and yellow corn, whole brown rice, whole oats, spelt, barley, buckwheat, millet plus black sesame seeds, golden flax seeds and quinoa) and only “slightly seasoned with sea salt.” It was practically a birdie smorgasbord of seeds from a Birkenstock bird-seed store. It’s not like I was offering Perisoreus Canadensis (or Gray Jay) a fat-soaked Frito! And nothing like the pieces of Krusteaz pancake that his kin had robbed from my camp frying pan years ago.Continue reading "Of Camp Robbers, Chips and Commas: A Morality Tale"
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July 28, 2008
A Mid-Summer’s Rant: So Why Are We Beginning Our Discourses with “So”?
My wife works in a big law firm in Seattle where she hangs out with all sorts of smart, hip people. There she unconsciously picks up speech patterns, like lint on velcro, and brings them home to my linguistically antiseptic telecommuting laboratory for my dissection. I first noticed this beginning-discourse-with-“so” phenomenon in my wife, perhaps a couple of years ago.Continue reading "A Mid-Summer’s Rant: So Why Are We Beginning Our Discourses with “So”?"