Category Archives: Words

Tell me how you really feel, Siri

My mom recently made the leap from dumbphone to iPhone. One of her favorite things about it is her dictation app because she can walk around her greenhouse and make verbal notes on which plants she needs to restock, which … Continue reading

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This is going to be my year

According to the Associated Press: “It’s about freakin’ time. The term “F-bomb” surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but will land Tuesday for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy … Continue reading

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Law & Order

The following are excerpts, taken verbatim, from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Report and Doniphan Police Report, published in the April 11, 2012 issue of The Prospect-News. On April 2 a deputy was dispatched to Southeast Health Center of Ripley County … Continue reading

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Coffee cup wisdom

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A text message from my sister

“So, there’s a note on my door that says, in little-kid handwriting, ‘If you need your lawn did, call (name omitted) at (number omitted). Includes mow, trim and blow job.’”

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Contextual clues

Moritz the exchange student and I hit it off pretty quickly, but sometimes things got lost in translation. It isn’t that he didn’t speak “well English,” but occasionally his word choice was a little off. The following exchange occurred when … Continue reading

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The foreign exchange student

Our high school always got a surprising number of foreign exchange students each year. It was a bad deal for them. When they got the news they were going to the United States, they were probably picturing New York City … Continue reading

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An update from my high school French teacher

“Laissez les bon temps rouler! ‘Cause it’s Mardi Gras, not because the earth quaked.” (It’s really only funny if you know what living near a major fault line is like.)

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That’s not my name

I think anyone with a polysyllabic name has, at some point, had it reduced to something that made his or her skin crawl. My friend Catherine, for instance, hates the names Catey and Cathy. My friend Christina refuses to answer … Continue reading

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