A few months ago, when the union responsible for Ottawa’s local bus service decided they could inflict maximal harm on the city by going on strike in the dead of winter, I turned my frustration into a vow that I …

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For my second recommendation, I’ve chosen to write about the classic movie Casablanca. If you’re lucky enough that you haven’t yet seen this movie, prepare yourself for a treat (and to be shocked at how many famous lines come from …

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In my city, a mini-controversy has recently erupted over an advertisement that an atheist group would like posted in city buses. The ad reads, “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” (If this campaign hasn’t come …

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“Irregardless” is likely the illegitimate love-child of two legitimate words: “irrespective” and “regardless.” It’s a favorite of TV writers who want to show a character isn’t as smart as they think they are (unless I’m remembering wrong, Paulie from The …

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As a writer, I’m interested in the ways language is used (and abused), and especially with expressions that make no sense. From time to time on this blog, I’ll post my thoughts on these phrases, tagging them under “Confused Expressions.” …

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I’ve introduced a new section on Ooter’s Place where I plan to post recommendations of some of my favorite works. And to inaugurate it, I’ve chosen to discuss one of my favorite novels, Manalive, from one of my favorite authors, …

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