Mark Skoultchi

July 7, 2011

Here at Catchword HQ, we’re all about balance and clarity. (Well, except for our annual Punctuation Party where everyone dresses up as their favorite punctuation mark). We believe in the relative equity between actions and words. The consequences of using particular words as they support actions should be clear and logical. Words ought to have […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 16, 2011

Well then, what to make of this mess in New Jersey? Once upon a time there was a mall called Xanadu. Now, the dictionary says that Xanadu is a “…place of great beauty, luxury and contentment…” But ladies and gentlemen, what we have nine miles west of Manhattan is much further away from any version […]

Beth Gerber

April 26, 2011

So the other night we’re squeezing through the crush at the bar, wondering why is it that every bartender who utters the word “Sidecar” suddenly starts talking like the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt? But what really gets our attention is a language kidnapping, a semantic hostage situation. That’s right, people: a perfectly good word […]

Beth Gerber

February 9, 2011

Over at Catchword offices this morning we are wading through various hash tags while Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Me and Jane Doe swirls around our brain. And then we get jarred into wondering, just how did punctuation come to be used? Because after all, at first there was no punctuation. Of course, at that time there was […]

Laurel Sutton

March 4, 2008

I’m a big fan of Richard Wiseman’s Quirkology site – it’s all about psychology and perception and why human beings are so weird. And it’s fun! These are the people who brought you the World’s Funniest Joke and the amazing Color Changing Card Trick video (you really have to watch this one). Their research into […]