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Archive for June, 2014

The Barrel Is Always Deeper – Part 4

This is the fourth of a mini-series devoted to the notion that, despite what passes for ‘reality show’ entertainment today, there is always room for marketing a less meaningful or evocative concept.   (more…)

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Sign of confusion

Sign of confusion

This is the sign on Uplands Drive south which is supposed to direct travelers to Ottawa International Airport. Note that in the upper right hand corner is the only airport related notation, representing about one-sixth of the overall space. Unless one catches sight of it and knows that ‘terminal’ means ‘main airport entrance’, it would be easy to miss. (I was witness to this folly recently.) It’s high time the city spent a little of its signage budget to correct this distracting, second-class, and deteriorating notice. Good thing this isn’t Canada’s capital – oh wait, it is!

The Barrel Is Always Deeper – Part 3

This is the third of a mini-series devoted to the notion that, despite what passes for ‘reality show’ entertainment today, there is always room for marketing a less meaningful or evocative concept.   (more…)

The Barrel Is Always Deeper – Part 2

This is the second of a mini-series devoted to the notion that, despite what passes for ‘reality show’ entertainment today, there is always room for marketing a less meaningful or evocative concept.   (more…)

The Barrel Is Always Deeper – Part 1

This is the first of a mini-series devoted to the notion that, despite what passes increasingly today as ‘reality show’ entertainment, there is always room for marketing a less meaningful or evocative concept.   (more…)

Saving syllables

Students of the English language should find frustrating to say the least a common practice illustrative of the lazy way of speaking too many are prone to exhibiting.

This time of the year in our hemisphere, as days gradually become warmer weather forecasters (and many others) say “The days are getting longer”.  This culminates at the official beginning of summer with “This is the longest day of the year”.  Conversely, late in the year “The days are getting shorter”, topped off by “This is the shortest day of the year”.

No, they’re not! (more…)

Bobblehead Reporting

Have you noticed how often nowadays TV reporters in the field seem to feel obliged to give several head nods when the studio host bounces the on-air feed to them?  In some cases, this occurs almost every time the feed switches to them during the report. (more…)