So there I was, 9:30 in the morning, indulging in my guilty pleasures -- a second cup of coffee and my second crossword puzzle. As I filled in 13 Across -- a four-letter word expressing sorrow -- the proverbial light bulb flashed. Now there's a fine word, I thought. Why does no-one say 'alas' any
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
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
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
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
Are you familiar with fad-speak? Sure you are. Or do I have to give you a wake-up call? Or tell you it’s time to smell the roses? Or maybe that you need a reality check. Because if we’re on the same page, then you should be having fun yet. Unless you’re having a midlife crisis.
Kellyanne Conway. I am in awe of you. But at the same time, you are an enigma. I regard you with such a broad spectrum of feelings that I have no idea how I’ll respond to you from one day to the next. Not that you care. You don’t know me. I’m a mere speck
Hey, all you geezers out there! Do you think you’re still cool? If you do, it’s a sure sign that you’re not. Because if you were, you’d be Gucci. Have no idea what I’m talking about? That might indicate that you aren’t woke. Don’t worry. I’m here to help. The enormous popularity of social media
There is nothing that says “old” more than conversing with someone several decades less ancient than you, and having absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. The grammar and syntax seem familiar, but the actual words may as well be Urdu. This could bring tears to the eyes even to those among us with Twitter
Growing older is no excuse for not keeping on top of things! No, this is not a reference to the sexual practices of septuagenarians, but to being in tune with what is happening today! Specifically, I am referring to words, vernacular, vocabulary. For instance, do you think you know what the word “cloud” refers to?