Sholeh Patrick

Research: St. Valentine likely had multiple personalities

February 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Between overpriced flowers and candy hearts (never mind the pressure of perfection) it’s easy to forget the saint in Valentine’s Day. So who the heck was he? The better question is, who were they? Church history tells at least three stories...

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Research: School taxes: What’s in it for you? Lots

February 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Consternation about paying school taxes is nothing new. There have always been property owners frustrated by the fact that they don’t have kids in the system, saying “what’s in it for me?”Plenty, actually. And I don’t mean subsidizing other...

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Research: America, this looks like you

February 07, 2019 at 5:00 am

The well respected and comprehensive Pew Research Center’s statistics go beyond demographics to “take the pulse of Americans and people around the world on a host of issues.” Exploring public opinion among teens to senior citizens on issues...

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Research: It’s a pig’s year, people

February 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

Shout-out to you pigs: Xin nian kuai-le (happy new year)!Like its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology focuses on divining the future. Yet instead of monthly constellations, theirs is based on numerology, astronomy, the elements, animals ...

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Research: MLP: Yes, plurals are fun (and fickle)

January 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

To her fans, few and deluded as they may be, the contrite Mrs. Language Person extends her dubious apologies. Today’s offering is neither her own nor particularly illuminating. No, Dear Readers, today she seeks merely to entertain and be do...

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Research: MLP: Lie vs. lay (reprised)

January 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

At the risk of repetition (but not redundancy, Dear Reader — that would mean restating an idea using different words), your Mrs. Language Person repeats and as requested, elaborates. Only upon fervent request would she lay the rules down ye...

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MLP: Homo, hetero and even capito

January 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: Our favorite SOB (Snitty Old Bitty) still can’t type, but with her unbroken paw she can dust off some of her favorite columns. Here’s one of them.•••Yes, your Mrs. Language Person is a Disney fan. Disney (and black-and-white ...

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Research: MLP: Now you too can write good

January 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: While Mrs. Language Person recovers from a broken wrist — no, not from wagging her finger too forcefully — we revisit some of her more memorable linquistic lectures.•••What joy to be affirmed! To see Mrs. Language Person’s li...

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Research: MLP: Misused and abused

January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: Mrs. Language Person has dusted off some of her favorite columns while filling in for Sholeh Patrick, who’s recovering from an injured wing.•••Some readers have shared their linguistic frustrations with Mrs. Language Person, ...

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Research: MLP: Idioms are misspelled, by and large

January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Bad grammar and misspelling spread faster than gossip in a hair salon. Your Mrs. Language Person can’t fathom why English speakers are so apt to misuse and abuse our colorful language, rather than toe the line of correct speech. Yes, Dear R...

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