Does it count as a cheap mystery if you narrate a story in everyday English, but change a few key terms to keep readers on their toes?
In the UK, people "take" decisions. In the US, we "make" them. Believe it or not, that difference actually makes a difference.
Fifth Harmony gave Kid Ink two verses in "Worth It." Instead of writing two verses, however, he wrote a few words and repeated them a couple times for one verse, then just repeated exactly the same thing for the other. This waste of an opportunity annoyed me so much -- contrast what Kendrick Lamar does [...]
Fruit Have you ever seen the following quotation? Intelligence is knowing that tomatoes are fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put tomatoes in a fruit salad. Or maybe it's "Knowledge is knowing . . ." but that's redundant. I don't know who first came up with that bit of pseudo-wisdom, but it's wrong and I don't [...]
Do the election results make you think that some people have lost touch with reality? If it helps, many philosophers think no one has ever made contact with reality in the first place. Beginning in the 1600s, philosophers started to say things like, "For all you know, nothing outside your head exists. All you've ever experienced [...]
The words "decision" and "choice" seem to be pretty much synonymous in English, as do their verbal counterparts "decide" and "choose." However, they strike me as having slightly different meanings. It seems to me that you decide whether or not to do something, while, on the assumption that you have decided to do something, you [...]
In "Fancy," by Iggy Azalea, ft. Charli XCX, Ms. XCX sings: I'm in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo Just in case future anthropologists or archaeologists stumble across this line and are confused, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that there is no fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo in [...]
It would make sense to specify dates in either of two ways: smallest-to-largest or largest-to-smallest. In England specifically (and Europe more broadly, I understand) people have opted for the former, writing dates as Day Month Year (e.g., 10 July 2014). Americans, on the other hand, use the apparently-crazy Month Day Year system, which is neither [...]