Ask Artie #5 – The Etymology of Pep

Artie Q. PebbletonAsk Artie, History!, Linguistics!

My friend Ian sent me this Wondermark comic, which is written by the estimable David Malki !* : Ian wanted to know what the real etymologies of pepper and pep were, and I am happy to oblige him. Obviously (see last panel) none of the information in this comic strip is true.  But that’s okay!  That’s why I’m here. This is a chicken-and-egg … Read More

Ask Artie #4: Phoning it in.

Artie Q. PebbletonAsk Artie, Technology!

Katie writes: I have a [smart]phone that is, essentially, an overpriced paperweight. Should I get a new phone or should I just continue to suffer through the rest of my contract? I do hate planned obsolescence – the notion wherein products are designed to conk out after a relatively short period of use.  I find it to be particularly egregious … Read More

LeftSide-RightSide Goes To The Ed Expo!

Artie Q. PebbletonAdventure!, Artie's Obscure Hobbies

This past week, LeftSide-RightSide traveled to the NSSEA Ed Expo in Baltimore with our founder, Christy, and our editorial director, David.  I couldn’t make it to the convention, unfortunately – I had a prior obligation, as it happens, to my bees.  March is the make-or-break month for an amateur beekeeper!  But David filed a report.  Take it away, David! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ … Read More

Ask Artie #3: On Anon

Artie Q. PebbletonArtie's Obscure Hobbies, Ask Artie, History!, Linguistics!

  Artie, I requested the help of a business colleague, not knowing he was on vacation.  He placed his leisure on hold and got back to work.  I told him to get back to his vacation and that we’d deal with the matter when he returned, but he kept working.   When urged again to stop he replied, “ I know, … Read More

Ask Artie #1: OK v. Okay

Artie Q. PebbletonAsk Artie, History!, Linguistics!

This is the first entry in the Ask Artie series, where you ask me a question using the contact form right here, and I take my sweet time researching and answering that question.  Let’s break a champagne bottle against the bow and get started! CantusFirmus writes: Hi Artie, What can you tell me about the use of “OK” versus “Okay”, … Read More