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Here is where we'll share whatever catches our fancy, as long as we think you will find it informative or entertaining.

February 3, 2020

1) I put my new trainers in my boot.

2) The off-license in my neighborhood sells crisps. 

3) I went to the chemist to buy a dummy. 

4) Doesn't everyone keep jumpers in their wardrobe? 

5) I needed a flannel after eating all of those hundreds and thousands. 

6) He and I use...

January 23, 2020

Some of my favorites from our YWYS Facebook posts:

Aeipathy: Continued passion, unyielding

In a sentence:  His aeipathy for birdwatching was his most defining trait.

Acrasial:  Ill-tempered

In a sentence:  Judge Judy is often acrasial, but rightly so. 

Welkin: The uppe...

January 13, 2020

Why my make-up routine involves darkening light things and lightening dark things. It's like some sort of cosmic (or cosmetic) joke. 

Why some sitcoms still use laugh tracks. I'll know if it's funny.  

Why a fellow bar customer would ask "What are you drinking?" if they...

January 2, 2020

Certain single-frame images from my life have stuck with me through the years. Here are a few: 

1963: My mother, sitting on the couch with her hand at her throat, watching the coverage of the Kennedy assassination. 

1975: Seeing my future husband for the first time; he w...

December 23, 2019

Yes, there will be a "meet cute" moment involving spillage of some sort (soup, coffee, packages). 

Yes, there will be a precocious child, likely with one dead parent. 

Yes, there will be ice skating. 

Yes, there will be a misunderstanding of one type or another that delay...

December 12, 2019

Here are a few of my favorite entries, all beginning with the letter “K,"  from Word and Phrase Origins, a thoroughly delightful book published in 1997.

Katydid.  John Bartram, America's first great botanist, first recorded katydid in 1751 as the name of the large green...

December 2, 2019

Why people say "I'm multi-tasking" when taken by surprise on a conference call.  Everyone knows you were not doing anything work-related.You were just not paying attention. Admit it.

Why people are willing to pay the high prices restaurants charge for lobster. Soak anyt...

November 21, 2019

Why people get it's/its wrong. Don't use "it's" unless you can plug in "it is." It's that simple.

Why TV announcers are all of a sudden over-pronouncing the article "a." Phonetically: "The house caught on fire when ay small plane crashed into it" just sounds weird. Shou...

November 10, 2019

I shared my first betrayal in a previous post; that betrayal being a very mean neighborhood boy convincing my 4-year-old self that because I was little, I should choose the tiniest grape from the bunch that he was offering. Of course, the grape was horribly tart and th...

October 31, 2019

We all have these! Here are a few of mine: 

  • Sure, one more vodka gimlet sounds good. 

  • I trust you and I need a change. Cut it any way you think will work.

  • I don't think it matters that this yogurt's use-by date has passed.

  • About a former boss, the...

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