Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Update: As of February 2011, "On Language" is dead. Ben Zimmer now writes a column for the Boston Globe. Click here to check it out.
Monday, March 8, 2010
See, for example, shark at left.
Land Shark. (Click here to see a clip from the Saturday Night Live Sketch.)
Some words take on an entirely different meaning when they are combined in an idiomatic expression such as "jumping the shark." (See the video below at left, which shows the Fonz jumping the shark.)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Contributed by Jim Brockman:
I used to work in an art supply store. We sold artists' canvas by the yard, and you could get it in either of two widths: 36 inches or 48 inches.
Customer: "Can you please cut some canvas for me?"
Me: "Certainly, what width?"
Customer: (confused and slightly annoyed) "Uh, Scissors?"