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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

The Vine: May 17, 2005
May 17, 2005 · No Comment

The construct "I don't know from" is a Yiddishism.Here's more from The Jewish Language Resource Website:
"Yiddish and English
Yiddish has had a quite noticeable influence on American English over the last century. The English of Yiddish-speaking …

The Bad And The Ugly
May 16, 2005 · One Comment

Gee, thanks, Yankees. I had a whole rant planned about how much you guys have sucked the bag so far this season, and the reasons why, but can I bust out all that fulminating and …

The Vine: May 13, 2005
May 13, 2005 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I've been living in the United States just on three years now (am a New Zealander, go All Blacks!) and apart from my accent, I haven't had many communication problems. Except just recently …

The Vine: May 12, 2005
May 12, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I've read and enjoyed The Vine for years, but as a
many-times-published novelist I have to disagree strongly with your
advice to the aspiring writer in Thursday's column.
For one thing, what he needs most is not …

The Vine: May 11, 2005
May 11, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
Maybe you could help me with a twist on the all-too-common age difference question.
I go to a great church; I don't know what denomination it is exactly — let's just say it's evangelical. Anyway, …

The Vine, May 10, 2005
May 10, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
Long-time reader, love what you've done with the place.I've got a
roommate situation of sort.R., my roomie, is great overall.We get along
fine, the apartment is clean, the cat is happy…Living here is great.
The problem is …

Cirque Du Shut Up
May 9, 2005 · No Comment

People: It is a bad mood of historic proportions over here. If a normal bad mood is…I don't know, a votive candle, then the current bad mood is the Hindenburg. And it's not even a …

The Vine: May 6, 2005
May 6, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I love your site, and I especially love the Vine. Thanks for making my
workdays more pleasant!
I've been reading through your old archives recently, and I came
across "Down, Boy!" Now, I'm a grown woman, so …

The Vine: May 5, 2005
May 5, 2005 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I'm a pretty solitary guy by nature.I just finished college, and afterward I moved
back to the city I ran away from, the city I grew up in.I made some wonderful
friends in college, but few …

The Vine: May 4, 2005
May 4, 2005 · No Comment

Hi Sars, I have a question for The Vine.Hopefully someone can laugh
at our misery, because it used to be funny for us, too.
My husband and I live in a ground-floor one-bedroom apartment.The
building is only two …