Posts Tagged ‘English Major’

3KRAEQSK9W2Z [Yeah, I know… sorry about the 2 month gap between posts.  No excuses… just took a break.  Anyway, I’m back.] Oh, those wacky Germans – they sure do have a knack for inventing words.  Consider these fine examples: Blitzkrieg – A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and land forces [Blitz, lightning + Krieg, […]


[I’m bidding adieu to 2009 in English Major mode.] Lake Superior State University in Michigan has released its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.1 While “shovel-ready” topped their list, I was happiest to see their call for banishing all “czars.” I have always hated this […]


Believe it or not, back in the fall of 1966 the U.S. government thought that my going to college could help America win the Cold War.  Earlier that year, my parents and I had attended a meeting where federal employees spoke enthusiastically about the National Defense Education Act (passed in 1958, in response to the […]


The year was 1973.  I was living in Berkeley.  I had eased my transition from the student world to the working world by moving to a city dominated by a big university.  Then I got my first full-time job: driving a delivery truck and doing miscellaneous errands for an alarm company in Oakland.  What a […]