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Words and all that

A four-letter word that rhymes with duck

Whatever else you can say about newspapers, we're sort of the last bastion of clean and polite language. Any of you who still read newspapers appreciate that, or would you rather we loosenedup a bit? A case can certainly be made for relaxing our rules against profanity:

The misleading label

I was prepared to really dislike this article -- "Why most conservatives are secretly liberal" sounds like Democratic propoganda disguised as news analysis. Alas, there is is a lot of truth in it, even if the headline is greatly overstated:

Still-useful words

An interesting list of  "Old English words we should still use today," including this one that applies to my profession:

 Ultracrepidarian (n): "Somebody who gives opinions on subjects they know nothing about."

Lot of that going around these days. In fact, just call me the ultracrepidarians' page editor. I also like this one:

Quiet, children

An amusing bemusement

Hey, get a load of this:

Some at Indiana bemused

with Michigan grad speaker


Some graduating Indiana University students are scratching their heads that the University of Michigan's president will be their commencement ceremony speaker this weekend.

Because we said so


Get? the? point?

Give me whiner for $2,000, Alex

I swear, the media can gin up a phony controversy over the stupidest things:

NEWTOWN -- Newtown eighth-grader Thomas Hurley III was thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on the Kids Week episode of the television game show "Jeopardy!" that was filmed in February and aired this week.

Bad, bad words

PC has been running amok for some time, of course. And just when we think it can't possibly get any amoker, here come Seattle and New York to prove us wrong: