Dialog of the Moment
March 24, 2006
"Did you like the white beans you had for supper?"I made a discovery in NYC...some guy at tkts "sold" me the paper version of The Onion, and it was a easier to read thana the Online Version, which frankly I haven't been paying much attention to for the last few years.
"Well, you didn't say anything."
"Well, I ate four bowls. If that ain't a tribute to white beans, I don't know what is."
"Eating speaks louder than words."
"You know, your education was worth every penny of it."
Language of the Moment
I was trying to Google up which came first, "color" or "colour" (answer: color, "colour" is a bit of francophilism filing into the language) and found the answer on Mike Finch's British and American Spelling page. A well-balanced appraisal of the differences, and descriptions of which spelling he goes with for various splits as he considers himself writing "Mid-Atlantic" English.
I like his praise of the American "gotten" and some of the nuance it provides. (Actually the other day I wrote "tooken", which is slip I make sometimes...)
I also prefer "grey" over "gray". At least sometimes.