Even if you are a big star like Jerry Seinfeld you must get sick of people saying to you, “Smile.”  Comedy is his business, and smiles are expected in comedy.  But when you are with your wife in a restaurant staged photos must be infuriating. This brings me to the point which irritates me.  Why […]

HERETIC: choice; one who has chosen;anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle.


When we are emotional about something we may have a tendency to toss words around without paying much attention to their actual meaning.   This is especially true in such volatile areas as politics, religion, and sexual orientation.   They just come rolling out of our mouths and we move on, not realizing that we may have […]

OFTEN : frequently


    You may be scratching your head and asking yourself why I would choose such a common, easily-understood word as the focus of today’s blog posting.   I don’t blame you. But the reason I chose the word often is that it may well be one of the most mis-pronounced words in American English.   It […]