Category Archives: ignorant

One Drug, One name

A common discussion these days is about a popular opiod. A large number of politicians and broadcasters know what it is but they do not know how to pronounce it. The name of the drug is fentanyl (fenn-tann-ill). Yet, it … Continue reading

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From Bad to Worse

I thought it was pretty bad that there are many senators and representatives who think that “criteria” is a singular noun. But it’s worse. Yesterday I heard one of them use “criterion” as a plural noun.

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Do Not Reset the Clock to 20 Years Ago

My grand-daughters took the New York State History Regents exam today. As part of the Regents, they had to write essays — printing…in pen. They’ve been writing with a computer for all their work for the last 6-7 years. “I … Continue reading

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Broken Zipper

You are a rare person if you’ve never had a zipper pull break off in your hand as you are pulling up a zipper.         The reason zipper pulls break off so easily is that they are … Continue reading

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Pronunciation 4.0

There are many words the television newscasters should pronounce correctly without difficulty. However, I have witnessed numerous news clips where the word anti-Semitism has been pronounced incorrectly. One was on CBS 11:00 pm news last night. It concerned a woman … Continue reading

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Bar Mitzvah is a Person, Not an Event

It is disappointing to me that many Jewish boys and girls (men and women as well) use the phrase “when I was bar/bat mitzvahed.” I have observed that many non-Jews use the term in same way. The language to fully … Continue reading

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Changing Emphasis

There are many words whose meanings are changed by the way that they are pronounced. For example: … to record his voice;¬†setting a new record … permit him to do it; issue a written permit In recent times, however, many … Continue reading

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