In the News: First Private Craft Docks With Space Station The biggest news story you might have missed this week is that a privately funded, designed and operated spacecraft docked with the International Space Station.
Today’s English (and, I assume, other languages) is peppered with old words that have been given new meaning, either by marketing campaigns or by the news media. Sometimes the new meanings come from the slang of youth, song writers, or authors. I’m not sure how or when “piracy” took on its new meaning, but I[...]
One of my many pet peeves is shortened words. Well, words or phrases that are shortened poorly. For example, “cellular telephone” has been shortened to “cell” in the U.S. Fortunately, many people actually say “phone”, which is much better. Why? Phone already means telephone. Cell, on the other hand, never meant telephone. It referred to[...]
Electric Bills At Our New House (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.) Search the internet for “How to cut your electricity bill”, or any variation of that subject, and you’ll see thousands of results. Sadly, most of them aren’t that helpful, and many of them actually encourage buying new products like[...]
After what I would characterize as silence on the issue, several media outlets are now seriously discussing whether Mitt Romney’s religion will affect his candidacy for the President of the United States. Here are two examples: What Would a Mormon President Mean? (ABC4, Salt Lake City) Race, Religion Collide in Presidential Campaign (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Like many eccentric people, my mind often occupies itself with odd thoughts and curiosity. While doing mindless chores (laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming) or falling asleep at night, my brain’s CPU handles unnecessary tasks like the following: taking the letters in the full names of my family members to see which letters are unique and which[...]