Seen on Twitter: “Email marketing has an ROI of up to 4300% (Source: HubSpot)”
“Up to” is a wonderfully useful statistical phrase for people promoting flimsy schemes. “Up to” doesn’t promise that a number will be accurate for everybody, or even approachable by most people. “Up to” describes the highest value in a range of […]
Sno-bli-vi-ous. adjective. The state of a relationship in which one partner is deceptive and the other partner is unaware of this deception.
This morning brings a bouquet of admissions to my eyes:
Some admissions regard other people:
Scaredhuman of Daily Kos on Hillary Clinton: “Hillary Rodham Clinton understands issues from the most visionary and abstract level right down to the most detailed level. Admittedly, a ‘policy wonk,’ she achieves an in-depth understanding of every issue so that […]
Let us speak of Metzli, the… Metzli the mysterious. What is Metzli?
A. A double-breasted wool coat for women, inspired by military designers, dry clean-only. B. The species name of large moth in the genus Automeris with prominent false eye spots on its wings to distract predators, whose larvae feed on oak leaves. C. The […]
The Seneca Bible Baptist Church, outside of Seneca Falls in upstate New York, has issued a challenge to all the secular eggheads in the area, their neighbors who actually believe in the theory of biological evolution through natural selection as proposed by the original Darwinist, Charles Darwin. The church has posted the sign you see […]
1 the distinctive odor associated with single-parent families
2 cell death as a normal consequence of drinking high fructose sparkling beverages
Tonight, I have discovered a gap in the poetic imagination of the English language. Children in the United States and United Kingdom are taught that poetry often uses analogy, a form of metaphor that likens one thing to another thing.
My love is like a boiled carrot…
But what’s the opposite of an analogy? […]
Guygones [gi-gonz]. plural noun. The trait of forgiveness when occurring in a relationship between two men.
In case you’re curious, a meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology concludes that women are more forgiving than men.
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
The trouble with Brainswarming is that it has been so successful in expanding human creativity that, already, over the weekend, it became obsolete. Get with it, Fast Company! People have moved on, and need a new catchphrase now. […]
Shan’t. On the morrow. Fiddlesticks. Old bean. Tarnation. Sup.
I’d like to bring these words and phrases back into common usage. What would you bring back?