It used to be you knew what to expect with a witch hunt. That was then. First, they would occur around times of crisis. These crises often developed as a result of drought, pestilence, natural disasters, or war. Take, for … Continue reading Witch Hunts Then and Now
Forget straws and plastic bottles. There’s so much business jargon out there that it is polluting the environment. As I sit in meetings and seminars, I count the number of times people use worn-out business phrases. As in life, baseball … Continue reading “At the End of the Day”
In the photo below you can see the word “gifting.” Gifting is used there as a gerund or the noun form of the verb. But “gift” is not a verb, you say, so how could it possibly form a gerund? … Continue reading Gift This!
It was Palm Sunday. A group of us from the Jesuit business school gathered after the liturgy for dinner at the Jesuit residence in Abidjan. The kitchen staff had prepared an assortment of liquors and snacks for us before dinner, … Continue reading Je Suis Américain
It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. It’s like the invasion of the body snatchers, except they’re not snatching bodies. They’re snatching declarative sentences. Soon, there won’t be any left. Maybe there’ll be a few audio files on some YouTube channel … Continue reading Down with Upspeak?
It’s that time of the year when students give group reports. I sympathize with them. They have been doing group projects since kindergarten and would rather be left alone. I feel the same way, although I include group work in … Continue reading “Yeah, No!”
I just got back from a two-week business trip to Brazil and Uruguay. That may seem like a long time, but I was just getting the hang of spelling Uruguay when I had to take a plane home. Actually, it … Continue reading Slip of the Tongue