Spelling it out

This cartoon made me laugh, and not just for its humor, but because the underlying problem is so real.  Click it to be taken to a larger view at the strip’s home page. The difference between English-English and American-English can be startling – and they’re often scatological.  A couple of examples: I was having breakfast with a family in the Baltimore area in 1996, during my first visit to this country.  There were the father and mother, their teenage daughter, and myself.  I noticed that the daughter was picking the cherries out of her fruit salad and placing them on

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Truth in (modern) relationships?

This cartoon from Stephan Pastis made me both laugh and think over the weekend.  Click it to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It’s amusing, yes . . . but it’s also sadly true of what a lot of people look for in a relationship these days.  People seem to have lost sight of the fact that a romantic or courtship relationship (the latter not necessarily romantic) is for two people to come together to make one family;  two parts of a whole;  two faces of a single coin.  It’s not just about feelings, or

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That’s one way to do it

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of farm animals being used to further a romance.  No, it’s not what you think. Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage. But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body. Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us. “Eilidh could see something written on

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