When arriving at an unfamiliar word while reading, I almost never look it up. Given contextual clues, I can glean part of speech, connotation, and general meaning. I’m well aware that I’m not unique in this behaviour, and most people act likewise, feeling that they can infer the meaning of…

I didn’t intend for this to be a series, and especially not a back-to-back series, but creative and energetic juices are running low this week. Welcome to Lost in Translation, a collection of articles where I explore terms that don’t have simple translations in English. These terms might be personal…

The English language is a marvelous thing. It was created as mix of Germanic dialects, seasoned with Norse, and topped off with French. By becoming the lingua franca of the Western world in perhaps the most communicative period in humanity’s history, English has picked up many foreign expressions and loanwords…

Sorry Mom, I’m a social smoker. When someone offers me a cigarette outside a bar, I’ll take it. I’ve bought more packs of cigarettes than I can count. I’ve bummed more darts than I’ve bought packs, but not more than I’ve given away cigarettes. …

My last haircut was something I was immensely proud of. I took a picture of Tony Leung to my hairdresser and said I wanted to look like him. It was closely cropped next to my ears, but slicked back a little higher up, and voluminous at the top. During the…

In a few weeks, I’ll have moved out of my parents house for nearly a year. I’ve been busy these last few weeks with a lot of this and that, which has precluded any sort creative thinking, so I’ve decided to write a little piece on living by myself. …

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