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Home Economics

 

The term has always struck me as a misnomer.

 

Teaching "home economics" (aka home ec) in schools was popular in the '50s and '60s; but has apparently slacked off in recent decades. Helen Zoe Veit, assistant professor at Michigan State University, however, makes a good argument for reviving home ec classes.  See her Op-Ed piece in The New York Times:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/opinion/revive-home-economics-classes-to-fight-obesity.html?hp

 

The language "rub" for me is that Home Economics never dealt with ECONOMICS; and the classes included only girls.  It was always about cooking, sewing, and housekeeping.  "Economic" things and math were left for the boys.

 

Let's do our best and get up to speed.

 
 
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Smarmyness

 

controlling the spin

 

This is what bigtime PR (public relations) firms are paid to do…control the spin (aka possible truth) when one of their clients is caught with embarrassing "pants down."

 

It's the situation with major college football right now; and we have a chance to watch the PR-managed theater as it plays out with respect to Ohio State, the Indianapolis Colts, plus other collegiate and professional football teams.

 
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“eemediately”

 

The word is spelled "immediately"!

 

So…why do so many people pronounce it "eemediately"?

 
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“right in”

 

How is that different than/from a simple "in" or "into"?

 

We always hear cooking-show hosts say that something goes "right in" the pan or the oven or "right on" the pan or the top of a dish. What does the word "right" bring to the party of understanding?  Is "right" something more immediate and critical than a simple "in" or "into" or "onto"?

 

I can't imagine its value.

 
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“BBQ”?

 

Why do we spell this popular activity as "barbeque"?

 

Especially when it's just GRILLING?

 

The correct word, I think, is "barbecue"…long and slow. The spelling with a "q" should be pronounced "barbeck" or "barbeykay".

 

However we spell it, we have managed to shorten it to "BBQ". Is that laziness or smartness? Whatever it is, we all love it — the food, I mean. Not the spelling or pronunciation. And it's a big deal at many of our state fairs. Barbecued anything!

 

 
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“all about”

 

This is dumbassness to the third power!

 

"Quarterbacks, that's what this league is all about." — NFL commentator.

"Gooey chocolate cake, that's what life is all about." — TV chef.

"The tiebreaker, it's what tennis is all about." — Brad Gilbert, coach & commentator.

"Friday is all about football." — WCCO-TV news anchor.

 

The phrase "all about" has found its way into our language in ridiculous, idiotic ways. It's most often used by people who are language-challenged, and feel the need to say something profound. But the "all about" moniker is absurd in most cases.

 

Can you imagine accepting the notion that life is "all about" chocolate cake…or popcorn, potato chips, apple pie, or even Yankees baseball? Preposterous! Why does any living adult make such a ludicrous statement with a straight face?

 
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