Correcting Your Behavior Since 2017

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...

April 3, 2017

Women don't have it easy in our society. On average, female employees are paid less than their male counterparts—an utterly unacceptable disparity. There's an ongoing battle for ci...

March 27, 2017

Herewith, another set of damning photos offered as evidence that our mastery of our own language is in an alarmingly unhealthy state.

First they did this:...

March 20, 2017

It will no doubt come as a surprise to some readers that there are entire collections of behavioral protocols that were once part of what we used to call "common knowledge" but tha...

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