Category Archives: Quiky Stuff

God Grant WASPs the Serenity to Rejoice in Who They Are
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God Grant WASPs the Serenity to Rejoice in Who They Are

White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) think they have no ethnic characteristics of their own, but many are fascinated or repelled by ethnic behavior in other people. They are no more prejudiced than anybody else.

Are Mr. and Mrs. Becoming Extinct?
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Are Mr. and Mrs. Becoming Extinct?

The courtesy title “Mr.” is going out of style because we’re becoming a less formal society. “Ms” has political origins in the feminist movement.

Snobbery Up With Which I Cannot Put
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Snobbery Up With Which I Cannot Put

Most rules of grammar we learn in high school are not really rules because they have nothing to do with speaking clearly. Most high school English teacher rules are to language what table manners are to nutrition: etiquette, not meat and vegetables.

New Words Become Standard English Because We Need or Like Them
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New Words Become Standard English Because We Need or Like Them

New words and usages enter the English language from popular culture, advertising, dialects, technology, foreign languages, changing social values, and many other sources. They are accepted (or not) because they are useful or necessary, and more clear, vivid, and energetic than the words we already have.

Recession Hurt Sales of Downsized Girl Scout Cookies
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Recession Hurt Sales of Downsized Girl Scout Cookies

The big recession forced the Girl Scouts to downsize their cookie boxes, and sales dropped 19 percent.

I Don’t Go Out on New Year – Even for Money
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I Don’t Go Out on New Year – Even for Money

I never went out on the gentile New Year, even when I could have made money from the drunks. There is no difference between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, so why celebrate by drinking too much?

Why Some Public Apologies Work and Others Don’t
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Why Some Public Apologies Work and Others Don’t

So many public people today get caught screwing up, and have to apologize publicly. Some thoughts on why some are accepted, others not.

The Bernie Madoff Victim I Knew Well
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The Bernie Madoff Victim I Knew Well

The widow of my old colleague and boss, Rabbi Alexander Schindler, invested all his money with swindler Bernie Madoff. Now his widow must sell her house and priceless ritual objects to live a downsized life with dignity.

I’ll Pass on This Special Offer
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I’ll Pass on This Special Offer

My credit card company offered to buy me happiness, but I passed.

Who’s That Crusader in the Bikini with the Long, Long Legs?
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Who’s That Crusader in the Bikini with the Long, Long Legs?

Beauty queen Carrie Prejean flashed across the media, and disappeared, like a meteor. Bess Myerson, Miss America 1946, was practically the only beauty queen who did something worthwhile other than be beautiful.

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