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August 3, 2020
Not infrequently in this column, I find myself in the frustrating position of needing to explain and even make a case for an idea that, until very recently, was a given. As our soc...
July 27, 2020
Generally speaking, the Curmudgeon is an advocate of good manners. I don't mean the knowing-which-one-is-the-shrimp-fork kind, just the what-used-to-be-common variety. I’m certainl...
July 20, 2020
"Going to a Party" first appeared on December 4th, 2017. I thought it merited another airing. TWC
If you've immigrated to the United States without knowing much about your new home,...
July 13, 2020
In the field of linguistics there are two distinct camps. There are the prescriptivists, who maintain that there are rules about how words are properly spelled and used, and there...
July 6, 2020
This week, The Weekly Curmudgeon pays tribute to those brave citizens of New York who sacrifice comfort in favor of safety every single day by keeping their chins covered while in...
June 29, 2020
Someone once said, “You are what you eat.” It’s my considered opinion that individual was an idiot. I believe it can be scientifically proven that I am not composed of tuna salad—s...
June 22, 2020
The first time I heard the words “gentlemen” and “club” paired, I knew precisely the kind of high-tone, elegant gathering of well-bred intellectuals that must surely be taking plac...
June 15, 2020
Well, readers, my usual resolve to avoid addressing current events and politics is back to feeling a bit shaky this week. Trust me, I’ve no wish to ever position myself as a pundit...
June 8, 2020
I’m sometimes asked what I do for a living. Once I’ve explained that I’m a professional curmudgeon, I feel it’s only polite to return the inquiry. “And what do you do for a living?...
June 1, 2020
"Whatever" originally ran on February 12th, 2018
Throughout the works of Shakespeare (William, that is, not Ralph), we see countless examples of characters verbally sparring back an...
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Going to a Party
December 4, 2017
House Hunting with Richard and Cindy
September 25, 2017
Nothing Left to Eat
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How Doors Work
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