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The Vine: February 7, 2014
February 7, 2014 – 8:59 AM | 17 Comments
The Vine: February 7, 2014

I'm hoping someone out there has heard the expression "Boom Chicago" and can verify that a) I didn't dream it and b) it means what I think it means.?

Elsewhere In The Tomatoverse: Mitch Gaylord Weeps
December 23, 2013 – 7:36 AM | 12 Comments
Elsewhere In The Tomatoverse: Mitch Gaylord Weeps

Well, tries to.

The Vine: September 25, 2013
September 25, 2013 – 4:13 PM | 45 Comments
The Vine: September 25, 2013

I'm hoping you can settle a grammar discussion for me. What's the accepted rule for pluralizing words that come from other languages?

The Vine: January 16, 2013
January 16, 2013 – 9:24 AM | 39 Comments
The Vine: January 16, 2013

I have a small child who loves the Berenstain Bears and we read them over and over. The phrase below seems incorrect, but I'm not a grammar expert so I'd like to get a definitive …

Word Of The Day: "impeccadillo"
August 23, 2012 – 12:04 PM | No Comment
Word Of The Day: "impeccadillo"

impeccadillo. n. combination of "impeccable" (perfect) and "peccadillo" (a small offense) 1. A small and well-executed object. ("That tiny cup of vichysoisse with truffle oil that they serve at Soigne is such an impeccadillo.") 2. …

Pillow Fail
July 11, 2012 – 6:46 PM | 28 Comments
Pillow Fail

I guess the "2" in "CB2" doesn't extend to the Ms in the word "accommodate."

The Vine: July 11, 2012
July 11, 2012 – 12:41 PM | 13 Comments
The Vine: July 11, 2012

I'm hoping you can clarify a language question — I can't find anything about it in Garner, nor in Strunk and White. Google offered me some explanations, but they weren't very helpful. And I don't …

Out With The Crowd: "Pure joy. Gone forever."
May 5, 2012 – 10:13 AM | 6 Comments
Out With The Crowd: "Pure joy. Gone forever."

Welcome back to Out With The Crowd, and our first foray into the National League. Joining us is TN reader and Colorado fan Leigh Bingham; we discussed Jimenez v. Tulo, pantsless mascots, porous defense, and …

Too Much Money
March 27, 2012 – 5:07 PM | One Comment
<I>Too Much Money</I>

Doddsie, who put propriety above everything else, had never forgotten nor forgiven Elias Renthal's reverberating fart on his exit from the Butterfield nearly eight years earlier, after he had been kicked out of the hallowed …

Word Of The Day: "hargh"
March 18, 2012 – 10:32 AM | 2 Comments
Word Of The Day: "hargh"

From some of the same people who brought you "hew," a handy portmanteau of "hee" and "ew," comes this new coinage, compliments of the Couch Baron.
hargh. interj. Combination of "hee" and "argh," used to express amused …