Correcting Your Behavior Since 2017

July 31, 2017

Not everyone is special. Not everyone is smart. Not everyone is beautiful. If we were all equally marvelous and delightful and talented in all areas, there would be no point in men...

July 24, 2017

There are advantages to living in the jungle. You can walk wherever you like, at your own pace, and stop any time you want, for as long as you want, provided there aren't hungry li...

July 17, 2017

If you came here for humor, this may be a week you'd like to skip. This week, it's time for a refresher course on being human. And the Curmudgeon is feeling a bit serious about the...

July 10, 2017

More horrors from the world of publicly displayed text. I ask you, does no one proofread anymore?

July 3, 2017

As we all know, the ability to participate in a well-reasoned debate isn’t something we’re born with. It's highly unlikely that "I see your point, but I believe you've missed one i...

June 26, 2017

I would very much like to take a poll, if such a thing were possible, so as to determine precisely what percentage of the populations of major cities felt a yearning need for enter...

June 19, 2017

There is perhaps no more abused expression in the English language than the perfectly logical, clearly communicative, "I couldn't care less." In just four words, the speaker deals...

June 12, 2017

There has been a long-standing tradition—it's a requirement, really—of tipping those who provide certain types of services. One tips one's waiter at a restaurant. One tips one's dr...

June 5, 2017

Here we go again. This installment of Our Declining Language highlights examples of the widespread misuse of the little curved mark that, when used correctly, serves as either an a...

May 29, 2017

Friends, the news isn't good. Food, it seems, is bad for you. "Oh, Curmudgeon," I hear you say, "You're so dramatic. Surely, not all food is bad for us. You're exaggerating." Am I?...

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