The miracle of sweatpants.

My red fleece sweatpants are evil. Wearing them is basically the antidote to any productivity I might muster. As soon as I changed from sweatpants to proper grownup clothing today, I got a ton of stuff done. But listening to Patton Oswalt talking about the miracle of sweatpants made me laugh a lot. Today I... Continue Reading →

Courtesy of Otherwordly, a new favourite blog: smultronstället. (n.) lit. "place of wild strawberries"; a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress or sadness Where is your smultronstället?

puppy love

The puppy was named Kenya. She was a service animal -- not a guide dog, so it was okay that I interacted with her -- and she was three months old. I met her in line at Starbucks. She licked my hand as I petted her and I tried not to cry, but there were... Continue Reading →

on holidayspeak

Yesterday, I tweeted: "In response to someone wishing me a merry Christmas, I said it back instead of wishing him happy holidays. I hope no one reports me." As is usual for me, I neglected to be specific enough in 140 characters or less, and should have added a very important word to my tweet:... Continue Reading →

asking the question

We have a question about the menu: what is chow-chow? A table of four library professionals, we are practiced in knowing how to find an answer quickly. The woman who seated us walks by, so we ask her. She responds, "Your server will be right with you." A different woman approaches the table and asks... Continue Reading →

some wordplay with your gunplay

Campers may now pack heat along with their sleeping bags when they travel to national parks. The Bush administration on Friday struck down federal regulations banning loaded guns in most national forests, a move that was widely seen as a parting shot on behalf of the National Rifle Association. The ruling overturned a 25-year-old federal... Continue Reading →

the linguistics of texting

From 'Gr8 Db8' Defends The Linguistics Of Texting on NPR's All Things Considered: All the popular beliefs about texting are wrong, or at least debatable. Its graphic distinctiveness is not a totally new phenomenon. Nor is its use restricted to the young generation. There is increasing evidence that it helps rather than hinders literacy. And only... Continue Reading →

What vs. Which

When my friends have grammar questions, they often ask me for help. I don’t consider myself a very good teacher of grammar, however, because the rules make sense to me more intuitively than logically. Sometimes, though, there are rules that make sense on both levels. The difference between “what” and “which” is one of these... Continue Reading →

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