The Time Machine

I’ve been blogging away here on the Mellowcat for a while now. The blog format has some features unto itself, one of which is that time-sensitive items will adhere to its surface, like chronological barnacles. For example, some time ago I had some really important things to write down about “Cash for Clunkers”. Remember that? […]

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It Bears Repeating

Let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. – RFK, Indianapolis, IN, April 4, 1968

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good point

Mr. Matt Yglesias noted: NOTE TO SELF: If it’s obvious, it’s obvious — no need to belabor its alleged obviousness. I guess he caught himself prefacing some obvious statement with “Obviously,…”. In this same category I would place “world famous”.  If something actually has fame worldwide, does that need special highlighting?  More often than not, […]

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I referred to my car’s “glove compartment”. Glove compartment is really hanging in there. I tried to think of something better, but ended up just wanting to put some gloves in there to satisfy the automotive nomenclature. The Resident Expert asked for guidance on a grammar question. What’s the rule for ending words with -ent […]

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the best policy

You might want to grab the list of words and phrases I’ve been complaining about, because I’ve got another one for you. You’re talking to a guy and he prefaces a comment with, “to be honest…”. What are we to make of this? All that preceded was false? That’s what I’m going with. I figure […]

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