Browsing Month May, 2009

My book is now available at no cost as an e-book download

Since my book The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English is now available on the bootleg e-book sites (“pirate” is the wrong term, I think), I’ve decided to make it available for download at no cost. This is not a big deal. The book never sold more than a few thousand copies, the copyright is mine more…

Jitterbug thug and dance

My latest fortnightly column, written for an audience of English learners, has been published in the Malaysia Star. … When a circuit judge in Florida was reported to have told a man who took up the habit of crack cocaine at age 47 that he would be joining the “jitterbugs”, she didn’t mean he’d be more…

The Fantods and the Cold Robbies

My latest column in the Malaysia Star. … In a recent newsletter from Anu Garg, who runs the excellent “A Word a Day” e-mail list, a reader used an expression I hadn’t heard before. In talking about ritual mourners – people who are hired to wail and moan at funerals – she wrote: “He explained more…