Get a Quote: Benjamin Franklin Edition

To be thrown upon one’s own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible. –Benjamin Franklin, Poor Man’s College


“Stove-up” is a phrase I never heard until I entered the horse world: “Darcy got kicked by another horse and now she is all stove-up.” Here’s the definition: suffering physical discomfort caused by injury, illness, exercise, or overwork :  battered, worn-out <horses … too old and stove-up for saddle work — F. B. Gipson> <several […]

Words Mean Things until They Don’t

“Literally” now has an additional definition in the Oxford English Dictionary: informally, it can be “used for emphasis rather than being actually true” such as, “We were literally killing ourselves laughing.” So basically, “literally” can be used to mean both “literally” and “not literally at all.” Fun, confusing, but not unprecedented. Cleave can mean both […]

Why the World Needs Editors 2

My mother took this picture while on a trip to Delaware. Oh, to have been there with a can of white paint and a brush.   Further proof that we all need editors.  

Ill-Advised Vanity License Plates

My husband pointed out an interesting vanity license plate yesterday: MISSASSY I don’t know about you, but I think the driver should have reconsidered. Submit your snarky jokes below.