Correcting Your Behavior Since 2017

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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