The new national citizenship exam is based on civic vocabulary and the concepts of democracy, not on factoids about American history. (link) "The idea is not to toss up roadblocks, it's to make sure people who apply for citizenship and want to become citi Go »
Back on TC1 we discussed overused phrases that need to be retired from popular use, such as "wake-up call" and "lashed out at." I submit "smoking gun" and "the best [something] you've never heard of" as new clichés. Go »
Reading the good news about hundreds of spammers getting sued today, I was again reminded of what, for me, remains an unsolved mystery: How can spammers be that difficult to trace? They must have offline contact information in order to do business. Go »
If anyone remembers, a few months ago I put up a minor post about how I saw an ad for a rapper named Ludacris, and the irony of it struck me as very humorous. Just now I read the name of his newest album: "Word of Mouf." Go »
McCain Does Not Speak for Me
In the news: John McCain was booed and heckled during his commencement speech at a liberal university, while some students waved anti-McCain banners and turned their backs on him. (link) The students said he didn't represent them, and that he shouldn't Go »
The Wordle Challenge
1) Look up a classic short story or long poem that most of us have read. Copy the full text of it into your clipboard. Go »
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