Correcting Your Behavior Since 2017

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...

March 13, 2017

Pets and children can bring great joy to people's lives. They also bring certain obvious responsibilities. That's why choosing to have a child or a pet is a decision that must be w...

March 6, 2017

It might be hard to imagine, but there was a time when any text that was to be presented to the public was meticulously proofread and double-checked so as to avoid the awful, humil...

February 27, 2017

At some point, probably in the 1980s, Americans began to concern ourselves less with using words accurately, favoring instead the far less restrictive practice of saying things how...

February 20, 2017

Smokers, I sympathize; quitting smoking is hard. The Curmudgeon knows. I did it (eighty-five years ago, when I was thirty). It was the worst experience ever. But the recent popular...

February 13, 2017

The emergence from the shadows of more and more folks who don't identify themselves by traditional gender roles has thrown many for a loop. To be sure, whenever people who've previ...

February 6, 2017

As people's concern with making sense when they speak continues to decline, we've seen a number of stupid linguistic habits creep into our language, take root and become the norm,...

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