Happy twenty-twelve

Happy new year. What are you calling it? “Two thousand and twelve” or “twenty-twelve”? It was a topic of conversation among my friends on New Year’s Day. There is also an interesting article by Ben Zimmer. I have long been in the “twenty-twelve” camp. I said “twenty-eleven” and “twenty-ten”. I often even said “twenty oh […]


I’m not sure what it is about the month of November in particular that makes people focus a lot on charity. Perhaps it’s to assuage the guilt of participating in the upcoming consumerism of December. I have to confess that I have found the charity events of November irritating me this year. Of course there […]