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Can We Talk?

It’s 2022, and if you’re only just getting last year’s slang, forget it!  Gen Z has invented a whole new lexicon.  The March breaks are over, but it’s not too late to prepare for the April school vacation and visits or texts from the grandkids.  Don’t get what they’re saying? Once again, I’m here to

By |2022-03-31T13:53:55+00:00March 31st, 2022|Categories: Language|2 Comments

In the Beginning……

There is a consensus among linguists that the English language is weird.  (Well, maybe not all linguists, but two or three, at least.)  That might be because English is like your pet dog if your dog happens to be a mutt.  What makes a mutt weirdly, and wonderfully, unique is that it has borrowed its

By |2021-09-29T13:46:38+00:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Language|4 Comments

Utter Nonsense

Yeet!  Get ready Boomers and Pre-Boomers, it’s Spring Break time again and your Gen Z grandkids are on the loose.   Want to spend some time with them and be really savage?  Then don’t be baby and learn to talk the talk! Yes, it’s time for our annual English as a Second Language quiz.  Challenge your

By |2021-03-15T13:46:12+00:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Language|2 Comments

What’s My Demonym?

No, I did not invent that word in the title.  It's real.  But I'll get to that in a moment.  First, I have to own up to the fact that the subject of today's essay is definitely a reflection of having entirely too much time on my hands. Like everyone else, I don't get around

By |2020-07-15T14:18:28+00:00July 15th, 2020|Categories: Language|11 Comments

Talk to Me

So your Gen Z grandkid is home from school.  (Can you believe she’s in college already!?!)  You overhear her talking on her iGen iPhone to her bestie.  It sounds like she’s speaking English, but is she? Not that you mean to be nosy, but you don’t understand a thing she says. But if you want

By |2020-03-15T14:09:12+00:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Language|4 Comments

Talk the Talk!

Do you think that cheddar is cheese, or tea is a beverage that's the British cure for just about everything?  Well, clearly you're not woke to the latest reinventions of the English language. But don't despair.  Help is here.  School may be out, but continuing education knows no season. It's once again time for the annual

By |2019-06-30T20:53:44+00:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Communication, Language|3 Comments

And Don’t Call Me Elderly!

Thirty-seven years ago, before anyone would dare to refer to me as elderly, a movie was released  called “Airplane.”  Starring an unlikely comedic cast, including Leslie Nielsen, this spoof of Hollywood disaster films, much to everyone’s surprise, became a sensation.  Of the many brilliant sight gags and clever lines, the following brief dialogue between Leslie

By |2018-01-15T13:39:05+00:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: Aging, Language|14 Comments
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