Browsing Month October, 2008

How I Spent Halloween With a Monkey

As we wrote before, the boy has been pumpkin-crazy for weeks. We bought him one and he insisted on taking it to the bath and to bed. He calls them “pump-kings.” And can you believe it? They’re everywhere! They all have to be identified with pointing and delightful shouts. Like last Halloween, Grammy made a more…

Photos, at last, of the funnyman

The boy loves to color. And he loves playdough. It doesn’t look so colorful now. It’s turned a bland, dark gray. He blows a kiss at a birthday brunch for Mama at the end of August. Alison, Mama, Anne, and Guthrie at the birthday brunch. Alison snarls. A one-socked naked man ran through our house! more…

Where would we be without “ass”?

My latest column in the Malaysia Star. … In its most common form, “ass” means one’s buttocks, rear end, behind, etc. The slangy use of it, though, means fool or stupid person. You can probably see how that came about: an ass is a taboo place on the body because that’s where we excrete our more…

Organizing Our Marvellous Neighbours

A guy who has been sending tip-offs on new words and slang for years, Joe Clark of Toronto, did some independent research into Canadian English spellings, looking at everything from blogs to literature to yogurt (not “yogourt”) containers. Canadian spelling really exists, he found, but it’s under threat from spellcheckers, which let American and British more…