Category Archives: Language

Universal Symbols Aren’t Universal

See the two yellow lines in the image. The universal symbol that they impart is that a vehicle that fits can drive between the yellow lines up to the curb. What is meant to be conveyed by the image of … Continue reading

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The Canadian Duel

(Showdown at the Number 12 Bus) There I was, embarking on the simple task of taking the number 12 bus. A crowd had built up as the bus pulled up and let out its passengers. That went orderly enough but … Continue reading

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Vaguest Shortened Name

There is a danger when you shorten too much, which can happen as English sometimes is a more concise language. You can lose information – important information. Which is usually bad. But in this day and age that might be … Continue reading

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Naming Animals by Sex That are Closest to Us

In English it seems that all the types of farm animals are named, like boar and sow, cow and bull, hen and rooster, goose and gander etc. But it is much more shocking when we look at the animals we … Continue reading

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I Have the Wishy Washiest Cat in the World

My cat, Bast, goes “Meow,” then “Mow,” then “Mrow,” then “Purr,” to cement the title of the wishy washiest cat in the world. Just kidding. It’s a little more involved than that. I have just started studying Desmond Morris’ “Catwatching”, … Continue reading

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Watch Those Ultimate Words

The Globe and Mail likes to think of itself as the intellectual national newspaper of Canada. I could get on board with that. Too bad it’s simply not true. Here is an article where I am quite sure their science … Continue reading

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Many More Ways for the Same Old Lists to be Everywhere on the Internet

If you are like me you are annoyed that every list or ranking of things gets linked to by just about every site on the Internet. You don’t see just one link bait for the same list article but at … Continue reading

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I Want to Be a British Billionaire

First of all you might be thinking, ‘how is it even possible for a Canadian to be a British billionaire if you don’t move there?’ Oh I still intend to be a British billionaire even without ever setting foot in … Continue reading

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what Famous Pickup Lines Really Say

I’m sure the ladies will be told by their elders that the pickup lines that are served up to them, actually say more about the guy that used them then they say about the lady. But this site intends to … Continue reading

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Double Dipping?

For Canada Day (July 1) I attended a music festival with a small fireworks show in downtown Kitchener. The show featured Canadian acts, two of which I suspected were not Canadian acts. Those two bands were Treble Charger and Hollerado. … Continue reading

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