Happy Father’s Day 2020

Of all the parts I’ve played in the theater of life, being a dad is the most meaningful to me. Which is why I so enjoyed learning about Tom’s Bad Dad Jokes. As the Washington Post reports, Tom and Ann Schruben have started posting “Bad Dad Jokes” on a sign...

Who Loves Tom Swift?

No, Tom Swift is not a person. A Tom Swifty is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed. The standard syntax is for the quoted sentence to be first, followed by the (humorous) description of the act of speaking....

Lost in Translation

Atlas Obscura recently had published an interesting article on mistranslation—specifically, menu ones. Emily Monaco, a culinary translator, was explaining how challenging menus can be to translate, from the odd but understandable “ink fish” in place of squid to...

Happy April Fools’ Day 2020

It’s April 1st today, also known as April Fools’ Day. While past years I wrote about highbrow pranks like the 7 best literary hoaxes, this year is a strange affair. Lockdowns and quarantines feel like an endless prank the universe is playing on us. So, I...

Happy New Year 2020

It’s tradition to take stock of the past year these days. While we need to avoid our species’ innate gloom, for most people I know it has been a seesaw of a year. Politics has rarely seemed more odious. Climate change is becoming a fact we simply have to...

US vs. UK English (Part 2)

In my last post, I shared a video about British English vs. American English by comedian Laura Clery. Here’s part 2! US vs. UK English (Part 2)Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This...

US vs. UK English (Part 1)

As someone who lived in the UK but is writing for an American audience, I found this hilarious… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! US vs. UK English (Part 1)Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This...

Is This SF/Fantasy’s Big Moment?

While Game of Thrones is finally over, another war is raging unabated: the one between premium television networks, seeking a new show to rule the world “Thrones” created. As The Washington Post reports, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, and Showtime have all been feverishly...

Fear of Missing Out. Or is that Joy?

When I was in my first year at Uni, about a century ago or so, I took a summer job. For a few months, I was running a one-man quality control lab. I was responsible for taking daily samples of cement, processing it, and recording a number of data including...