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25 Funniest Puns Ever

How do you make antifreeze? Steal her blanket! eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches. I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest. I’ve just written a song about tortillas. Actually, it’s more of a rap. I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but it doesn’t matter; none of them work. I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind. It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers. I hate insects puns; they really bug me. Did…

Of Virtues and Vices

Writers will appreciate these listings… and, at the office, perhaps they will serve as good reference(s) for spicing up the next meeting? The 7 holy virtues: Faith – complete trust Hope – to expect with confidence Charity – goodwill and the love of humanity Prudence – control and discipline Justice – being impartial and fair Temperance – moderation in action Fortitude – strength The 7 deadly sins: Pride – excessive belief in one’s own abilities Envy – excessive desire for possession of another’s Gluttony – consuming more than one needs Lust – excessive thoughts and actions of a carnal nature Anger –…

Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, American author Kurt Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Start as close to the end as possible. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent…

A sideways glance at “Rules of Life”

  By George saw this on our Twitter feed today…. excellent set of rules to get us over humpday! Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Top-10 Modern Phrases Originating from a Shakespeare Play

Here are the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary’s top-10 phrases used in our language today that have been taken from one of the masterful Bard’s works.   #1: Green-Eyed Monster #2: In a Pickle #3: Love is Blind #4: Salad Days #5: Wear My Heart on My Sleeve #6: There’s the Rub #7: Cruel to Be Kind #8: Wild Goose Chase #9: Dogs of War #10: Strange Bedfellows   To have the sayings sourced and to learn of their common usage today, we encourage you to go to the dictionary’s slide presentation.   (ED. – This is a repost that originally appeared…

20 uniquely Canadian words

Here are 20 uniquely Canadian words – a list By George found that is currently circulating on social media. Angishore. A Newfoundland insult meaning someone who’s too lazy to go fishing. The word is thought to be a variation of “hang-ashore,” hence its pejorative use, although some dictionaries define it as meaning someone who’s simply weak and sickly. Beau cave. French Quebecois slang meaning “total idiot.” If you get called this, you’ve really irked somebody. Bender. A bad hockey player — one whose skates are so badly tied that his ankles bend. Bushed. A west coast description of someone who’s been in the…

By George’s Top-Ten Love Quotes

Our cupid wordsmiths at By George Journal humbly present their “Top-Ten Love Quotes” to quench your appetite for “bon-bons mots” on St. Valentine’s Day (our apologies for the pun). “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.” – Voltaire “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arnay “The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” – Vi Putnam “Treasure the love you receive…

8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Benjamin Hardy has nailed what might be every productive person’s perfect morning routine.   He states that although life is busy, You are the designer of your destiny. You are responsible. You get to decide. You must decide — because if you don’t, someone else will. Indecision is a bad decision.   Hardy has provided his insights into a short morning routine that has the potential to quickly change your life. Wake up Get in the zone Get moving Put the right food in your body Get ready Get inspired Get perspective Do something to move you forward   Here is a Readers Digest…

Colin Powell: 13 Rules

In his memoir It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell provided a valuable list of life lessons accompanied by a collection of personal anecdotes. For this great man, there are 13 Rules to how to live life. Rule 1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. Keep all things in perspective when having to make a tough decision. Give the matter the perspective of some time. Rule 2. Get mad, then get over it. Do not carry anger for any time. Instead of letting anger destroy you, use it to…

Top 10 Funny-Sounding and Interesting Words

Here is an interest top-ten list. The Merriam Webster dictionary has listed the 10 most funny sounding and interesting words.   Bumfuzzle / to confuse; perplex; fluster Cattywampus / (dialect) askew, awry, kitty-corner Gardyloo / used in Edinburgh as a warning cry when it was customary to throw slops from the windows into the streets Taradiddle / 1 : a fib 2 : pretentious nonsense Billingsgate / coarsely abusive language Snickersnee / 1. (archaic) to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives 2 : a large knife Widdershins / in a left-handed or contrary direction; counterclockwise Collywobbles / pain in the…