REGIME/REGIMEN: easily confused nouns


It was a perfectly ordinary mistake.  I was listening to a Boston-based conversation on NPR.  The celebrity who was being interviewed was asked, “So tell me, what is your regime before a big game?” Without a hesitation the interviewee answered about his diet, his exercise, his mental exercises that he employs before each football game.  […]

AFFINAGE: the craft of adding flavor to cheese

Cheese has always been a significant part of my diet.   My father introduced me to various forms of “bleu cheese,” allowing me to become a lover of strongly-flavored, smelly cheeses at an early age.   We sometimes took a “Sunday drive” to a place in the Mohawk Valley of NY State (a couple of hours away) […]