You want an earworm? I got your earworm right here!

In e-mail correspondence with an overseas contact, whose native language is not English, he asked at one point “What is an ‘earworm‘?”  Well, of course, I volunteered to provide an example!  As a matter of fact, it’s one I blogged about in 2015, when I first encountered it.  (The comments at that earlier blog post are worth reading, too.) At any rate, here’s Austrian “DJ Ötzi” with his (in)famous “Burger Dance”, which went gold in Germany and hit #1 on the charts there (why, I don’t know!).  His teenybopper audience appear to be singing right along, and getting into the spirit of the

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Heh

Stephan Pastis’ cartoon yesterday made me laugh out loud.  (Click the image to go to a larger version at the Pearls Before Swine Web page.) Somehow I don’t think my elementary school English teacher would have let me get away with that!  Miss de Smit was an old tartar, who wasn’t afraid to use corporal punishment when necessary (and yes, that was legal back then, which may shock modern sensibilities).  Nevertheless, her methods must have worked, because we all graduated from her class with a pretty clear idea about English grammar, vocabulary and usage. Peter

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Hyperbole to the max – but it’s a very impressive knife

I came across the Dalstrong Ravenger 9″ cleaver on Amazon while searching for something else. I was struck by the extraordinarily high user rating of this knife – at the time of writing, an average review of 4.8 stars by 244 respondents.  Intrigued, I read some of the reviews, and they persuaded me to take the plunge and order one.  We don’t often need a big, heavy cleaver-type knife, but when we do, it’s very useful;  and although this one seemed expensive, the reviewers who raved about it made me think it might be worth its price, compared to our bargain-basement part-of-a-cheap-set

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Oh, snap!

Geraldo Rivera thought he could use a comedienne’s tweet to smack down gun owners: Dana Loesch, fiery former spokesperson for the NRA, fired back: Come on, Geraldo, top that one!  Don’t keep the nice lady waiting! Peter

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