Correcting Your Behavior Since 2017

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?...

May 22, 2017

This may turn out to be a very short installment of The Weekly Curmudgeon. Its message could easily by summed up in a single sentence. But regardless of the word count, it's crucia...

May 15, 2017

Communication must have been challenging in the old days. And when I speak of the old days in this case, I'm not talking about the Jazz Age. I'm talking about the old old...

May 8, 2017

This particular collection addresses a variety of unforgivable sins of signage and other printed matter.

First up: remember how everyone told us that those awful, nonsensical n...

May 1, 2017

Today, the Curmudgeon has a message for you on the subject of profanity—you know: cursing, cussing, swearing, so-called “bad” language—the kind that, in the old days, prompted pare...

April 24, 2017

American cheese isn't cheese. There, I've said it.

To be perfectly clear, American cheese is partially cheese. It contains cheese. By law, it must be made with at least 51...

April 17, 2017

Pity the poor abused pair of punctuation marks we call single quotes. Though half of the pair doubles as an apostrophe, as a team, they perform only one functio...

April 10, 2017

"We never meant for it to happen. It just happened." That's the account frequently offered when someone has been caught cheating on his or her partner. You see, it isn't as if the...

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