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Do You Speak Anglish?

When I was teaching high school English, one of the mottos of my classroom was “The best language is the language that gets the job done.” What I wanted my students to understand was that, while one of the goals … Continue reading

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Botta Book Botta Boom

Readers, how many of you have heard the Choice Hotels advertisement that ends with the suggestion you simply say, “Botta Book Botta Boom?” I, for one, was completely in the dark regarding the source of this saying. After hearing the … Continue reading

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Big, Bad John (revised)

I have a friend named John who has a pet peeve. He cannot stand for someone to use the phrase, “going to the john,” when it refers to using the bathroom. His being upset by that usage is reason for … Continue reading

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Creeping Crudity

Although I would not consider myself a prude, I’m very concerned about the crude language that now flows unabashedly regardless of the place or circumstances. Today’s films seem to infer that “toilet” language is the current normal language of our civilization. … Continue reading

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