Monday, October 8, 2012

Let's talk turkey: More odd word and phrase origins

Whether appropriate for Thanksgiving or not, I’ve been wanting to “talk turkey” with my followers for some time now. It all started when my significant other, who plays in a Tuesday night mixed bowling league, came home and boasted that he’d bowled three turkeys—or nine strikes—in a row. I remember looking at him quizzically and wondering where this expression—and others using turkey—originated.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Smoky Lake’s pumpkins offer a larger-than-life experience

Every October, people in Smoky Lake howl at all the fall fun and frolic. The festivities aren’t tied to Halloween but to the Giant Pumpkin Fair, one of the largest pumpkin festivals in North America. Sponsored by Alberta Agriculture, the one-day festival, held every October 30, draws thousands of people to the small community. They come for the light-hearted fun, but one thing weighs heavily on some visitors’ minds: each competitor is hopeful that his or her pumpkin will be crowned the heaviest and claim the $1,000 prize.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Political rhetoric: double-talk, gobbledygook, gibberish and jabberwocky?

I'm gobsmacked and flabbergasted at Mitt Romney's incessant gibberish – is this political rhetoric or jabberwocky? While the following promises not to decipher Romney's or his advisors’ double-talk, it does uncover the origins of all of this gobbledygook.