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Category Archives: Words
I don’t hate this new umbrella design. I just don’t think it solves an existing problem. I just don’t think people are suffering from an inability to text in the rain while holding an umbrella. But my real complaint is … Continue reading
My four year-old daughter shocked me today by spelling the words “stop” and “go” on the way to school. “But Dad!” she yelled. “I can’t spell slow down. It’s so frustrating.” I thought stop and go were pretty impressive.
I keep a list of all the invented and divergent words and phrases that my daughter uses in hopes of sprinkling these gems into future dialogue. Two that I recently added to the list are pancholeen and last day. Panchleen … Continue reading
I found this hanging on the wall of my daughter’s preschool. Each child in her class was chosen to represent a specific emotion, and she was picked for silly. I’ve never actually seen her make this face before, which made … Continue reading
My last name has not always been the easiest thing to live with. It’s resulted in teasing, the occasional crass joke and even a smattering of confusion when people over the phone ask me to repeat my last name two … Continue reading
A kind but somewhat questionable reader wrote to me today and said: Please please please tell me you have written some more books – or at least one!!!!! I’m strongly opposed to the use of the multiple exclamation point, but … Continue reading
My wife is quite nearly a perfect mother. She worries a little more than is necessary, but this appears to be a prerequisite to mothering, and her car is littered with the detritus of tiny people, but I suspect that … Continue reading
My friend (who is under 30 and lives in Brooklyn) referred to me as a “42-year old hipster” in his happy birthday greeting to me yesterday. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so complimented and insulted by the same statement.
Thanks to Twitter, I have been informed that to “decimate” does not mean to obliterate or wipe out. It means to destroy one-tenth of something. Great. There have been untold number of times in my life when I have needed … Continue reading
For the record, my persistent use the word “mankind” has nothing to do with my support of the patriarchy. I just think the word “humankind” sounds really, really stupid.