Monthly Archives: May 2010

“But,…,This is (really) good”

I know a woman who uses that phrase a lot. It had gotten to a point where my irritation level started to rise at just the thought another such pronouncement was around the corner. For some time, I couldn’t figure … Continue reading

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Chris Bosh’s Long Goodbye

Well, it’s gotten down to the Twitter poll – “Should I stay or should I go?” Poor baby, he’s just sooooo conflicted. Chris Bosh is a basketball player. It’s hard to tell if there’s any social utility arising from his … Continue reading

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In Praise of Sarcasm

Sarcasm’s ‘on trial'; it needs someone in its corner as a legitimate tool in the rhetorical and polemic toolbox. This time-honored device has fallen into disrepute to a degree that ranks it on par with truly naughty things like racism, … Continue reading

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“Like I said….”

Do you know anyone who uses that phrase? I do. And they use it a lot. It’s not the repetition of the phrase itself that’s problematic, it’s that it precedes something they’ve already said over and over again. What’s with … Continue reading

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“Incredible!”

If there’s one descriptor you see a lot hanging around Facebook, it’s that one. Some of the people on my news feed claim three or four “Incredible!” experiences in the space of one week. (I feel lucky to count probably … Continue reading

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How to (NOT) Settle Disputes

Peter Milliken’s recent ruling on the Afghan detainee document kerfuffle puts me in mind of a “technique” I’ve seen employed by judges in court for longer than I care to think about. It works something like this: Two parties adverse … Continue reading

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