Octopi or Octopuses?

Now, we probably don’t use either the singular or plural form of octopus very often unless we own or frequent sushi bars, but most of us have long been mistaken about how to pluralize the critter. I’ve heard octopi used a lot, but that is a completely erroneous pluralization. The word comes from Greek, not […]

Like, You Know, I Mean, Um, Uh

A study now suggests that people who sprinkle their sentences with repeated uses of “like,” “you know” and “I mean” are not being ditzy or mundane but actually are “thoughtful” and “conscientious” in their conversations. This is the result of a study whose results appear in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. “When having […]

Children Who Can’t Write But Only Type

The so-called Common Core of education that drives the curriculum in most states de-emphasizes the teaching of cursive writing except in kindergarten and first grade. After that, students are expected to learn keyboard skills. My initial thought: Is Apple behind this shift? Did Steve Jobs pay someone off at the Department of Education? Anyway, studies […]