You Don't Say

You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.
Teens against the odds

The outrage of teenagers at mass shootings at schools and the failure of Congress to take effective action in response has in a matter of days grown into a mass movement for gun control. Whether it will lead to any substantial action remains to be seen, but it faces daunting obstacles.

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In a word: fraught

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary.

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Some things newspapers are good for

Newspapers have many practical uses.

Item: You can spread newspapers on the ground, soak them with water, and cover them with mulch to keep weeds from growing.

Item: Wadded-up newspaper is an excellent lightweight packing material in place of bubble wrap or other material. Good for wrapping glassware and fragile items.

Item: Using newspaper instead of paper towels to clean windows will prevent streaking.

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In a word: footling

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:

FOOTLING

English provides ample vocabulary to identify the trivial: nugatory, trifling, frivolous. And it offers more than a few words to mark what irritates us: bothersome, exasperating, irksome, vexing.

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In a word: vade mecum

Each week The Sun’s John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary.

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Those amazing Christians

Someone reposted this tweet by @MattWalshBlog: “It's kind of amazing to see all of the Christians who think nothing of going to a yoga class. There are many excellent ways to get in shape that do not involve participating in Hindu worship.”

It’s kind of amazing to see all the Christians who attend midweek services on Wednesday. There are many excellent times to gather that do not honor Odin’s Day.

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