A non sequitur about deer–make that kangaroos–in the checkout lane

Did I ever mention that my nearby town of Desert Hot Springs is full of the downtrodden and dispossessed?   This afternoon I lined up at the supermarket checkstand behind a tattered, tufted guy–shirt untucked, jeans rolled up to mid-calf, sagging white socks–of about my same age, talking out loud, humming a song snippet, looking … More A non sequitur about deer–make that kangaroos–in the checkout lane

Are you -based or -centric? Take this usage test to find out if you suck or blow.

Some words and phrases I avoid when speaking and writing, either because they’re too trendy, too affected, or they suggest thoughtlessness.  Years ago I took a copywriter job at a big agency. “Welcome aboard,” I heard more than once the first week. We would get“on the same page” when I joined the new project. Soon after … More Are you -based or -centric? Take this usage test to find out if you suck or blow.

As PC came in, nicknames swept beyond the outfield, out of the jukebox, even the ballot box

As it happens, the seven-footer resents being called Stretch, the anorexic loathes the name Twiggy, and imagine the consternation of the awards-show host and recipient when the announcement comes: “It goes to Blind Lemon Jefferson.” … More As PC came in, nicknames swept beyond the outfield, out of the jukebox, even the ballot box