Diner Answers

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  The other day, we blogged some traditional terms for ordering food in a diner.  Here’s what they mean: 1. Draw one!                            A cup of coffee 2. Gimme a shimmy!                An order of Jello 3. Side of French!                     French fried potatoes added 4. Mickey with a wreath!           Corned beef and cabbage 5. Mike and Ike!                        Salt […]

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Watch Out for Your Watchers

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized |

  This is a fun little video about the food label “Natural.”   Looks like useful advice from nice people who want you to stay healthy.  But look more closely.  The video comes from an online retailer called “Only Organic.”  Only Organic is worried the “natural” label is cutting into their “organic” brand. The word […]

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Word Control

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 12, 2014 in Uncategorized |

With hardly a whimper, the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to increase the debt limit and avoid default.  The action comes in stark contrast to two previous times in the past when Republicans pushed the government to the edge of default. Why? Two communication analysts say it is because of one […]

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Let’s Have Fun

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Perhaps it’s the universalist ethic of the Olympics, but there is little mendacity to report around the world these days.  The US Congress is saying the usual things and needs no translation.  The Catholic Church is trying to keep a low profile on its many controversial practices.  Academics aren’t reporting new breakthroughs in language. So […]


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