Health care in the United States has certainly turned into a royal pain in the hemorrhoids. Any reform effort must involve insurance companies. You’ll get no argument here. But ifContinue reading
Calling researchers from the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets “arctic scientists” would be fine in many cases. After all, a large part of their mission involves studying changesContinue reading
This grammatical lapse in Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times brings Mrs. Malaprop to mind (“… she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying”).
What she meant, of course, was “neck and neck,” like horses at a track or ostriches on the way to wherever ostriches go in a hurry. …Continue reading
I suppose it’s possible that the “purposes” we describe here were “intensive” (a strength or intensity imposed from outside, according to American Heritage).
That’s not likely, though.
What we were after was “for all intents and purposes,” meaning “for all practical purposes.”
Oops. …Continue reading