Category Archives: grammar

Last Hours of 2010

Greetings from Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport. I’m writing this post on my latest toy, a T-mobile G2 (also called an HTC Desire), using Android’s WordPress app.  The keyboard is driving me nuts. But given the hefty investment I made in this beast, I guess I’d better start getting used to it.

Tomorrow I’ll post my traditional new years blog post. (And there’s already a retrospective over at Skiffy.ca.)  But today you get complaining.  As I’ve already tweeted, one of my newer grammar peeves is misuse of the word “momentarily”. It means “lasting but a moment”; however most people use it to mean “in a moment.”

So the announcement I just heard, that my flight will be boarding “momentarily” actually means that passengers will only have a brief instant to rush onto the plane.

In the past I’ve both sung the praises and cursed Porter Airlines.  Today I will do the latter.  Forget the fact security checked everyone’s boarding pass three times over a 3 minute period, the following exchange may shed some light on my frustration:

Me: Hi I’m on the 9:00 flight to Ottawa, one bag to check.
Porter employee: where are you going?
Me: Uh…. Ottawa.
Porter employee: what time is your flight?
Me (sighing): 9:00
Porter employee: And will you be checking any bags?
Me (now visibly pissed): one.

And there you have it.  Time for my free booze.

Update: Okay, they won me over again with excellent in-flight service.

Low Hanging Fruit

Low Hanging Fruit

So on Facebook this week, I offered up that I was sick of the phrase, “perfect storm”, as in “this past week the stock market fell due to a perfect storm of devalued currencies and raised food prices, blah blah blah”.  Others offered their own annoying phrases:

“The elephant in the room”

“You had me at….”

“That’s what she said”  (oh, I am so in agreement with this one)

Tacking “gate” onto the name of any scandal

“At the end of the day…”

And, of course, “low hanging fruit”.

Feel free to add your own to the comments section below.  (If you’re reading this on Facebook, please try to comment directly on the blog, and not using Facebook’s comment feature.  That way more of the world can read your brilliance.)

P.S. the photo above is in no way meant to be disrespectful to gay people, but rather to specifically mock Mr Simmons, who is the fruitiest person I’ve ever seen –gay, straight or other.