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Choose Your Words Wisely

Is attention to the correct use of words mere pedantry or, as Confucius thought, the neces...

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To Err Is Human, to Detect Divine

The pedant seeks error, not truth, and delights to find it. Indeed, the search for error m...

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Taking Out the Rubbish

Foolishness springs eternal. And this is just as well for us journalists, because it gives...

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At a Loss for Words

It's official"€”words no longer have meaning. As a proud member of society's educated, ...

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Your Dad Is Not Hitler

A few weeks ago I noticed the following slogan painted on the walls of a supermarket in Fr...

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The Money of Fools

People often claim to have cultivated their inner child as if this were a good thing to ha...

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Who Gets to Name the Snow?

Here's the fastest, surest way to identify the subspecies hackus punditus"€”watch for th...

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In Defense of Neanderthals

The most stubbornly hypocritical glitch in the egalitarian mindset is that eugenics is rou...

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Unsexing the Language

Yesterday I stopped by a Methodist church that was having a charity Christmas-tree sale. A...

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Relief for the Phobiaphobic

For right-wingers, November proved to be the cruelest month in quite some time. The Keny...

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The Gayest Study Ever

A recent study from the University of Michigan finds that the ever-popular youth expressio...

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The “€œF”€ Word

Although the adjective "€œfascist,"€ as George Orwell pointed out during and right af...

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Ron Paul Drops the H-Bomb

My dream of a Bachmann-Paul Republican ticket in 2012 is fading fast. Vain are the hopes o...

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“Like” or Dislike

I was on a double-decker bus in Glasgow, Scotland, last week and heard two teenagers talki...