“When it rains, it pours” started out as a good thing…

Back in November 2009, not long after I first started writing this blog, I happened to see two news stories in a row that had quotes using the saying “When it rains it pours.”  One was a story about the Boston Bruins hockey team, which had just lost another in a series of losing games. … Read more

The ironic dual anniversary of “subliminal advertising” and the Bushism “subliminable”…

On September 12, 1957, market researcher James Vicary held a press conference that made a new term famous. Vicary claimed to have developed “hidden” ads that could be used in movies and TV shows. Ads that flashed by so quickly they were not consciously noticed by viewers, but affected their buying habits. He coined the … Read more

SEPTEMBER 6 – OMG re: W. and OB-GYNs

Back in January of 1775, British playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play The Rivals premiered. It introduced a character named Mrs. Malaprop. Her name was inspired by the French term mal à propos, meaning “inappropriate.” The name reflects the fact that Mrs. Malaprop was very linguistically challenged. In the play, she said lots of funny things … Read more