01.06.2015 04:16 PM

Read this and heed this, or you will be sent to your room without dinner


  1. James Bowie says:

    Leaving irritating comments on Warren’s blog is the new normal.

  2. MississaugaPeter says:

    My first memory of it is from Tony Clement when he was at Queens Park.

    I have been using it quarterly the last few years.

    Am I an old hipster? Time to take me out to pasture?


    Actually a term quite popular just before and during the stock market crash and accompanying depression of 1930’s.

  3. doconnor says:

    So posting you tweets as text is the new normal. Very nice.

  4. Ridiculosity says:

    I’d say, “It is what it is”, but I don’t want to be sent to my room before having another glass of wine.

  5. Curtis in Calgary says:

    Double spacing after periods is “the old normal” back when we used typewriters and monospaced fonts. In the variable width font dominated world of word processing and page layout, those spaces are redundant. In the restricted Twitterverse world of 140 characters, those extra spaces are downright valuable.

  6. Patrice Boivin says:

    how about “at the end of the day” … blah blah blah

  7. davie says:

    I mean, I am not sure what this controversy is about.

  8. Lance says:

    I miss “perfect storm”. 🙁

  9. Marc-Andre Chiasson says:

    Alternatively, one could say: “Que sera, sera”!

  10. Marc-Andre Chiasson says:

    Hey Curtis, in the days of the old normal, should the exclamation point in my previous comment be inside or outside the quotation marks? I forget the dictates of my old CP Stylebook.

  11. Blair Thomson says:

    Warren, can you please add the wretched, ubiquitous phrase “going forward” to your list? What is %?*%?$& wrong with the pre-pr/corporate speak “henceforth” or “in the future?” When someone uses “all the best going forward” I can only mutter: “as opposed to ‘going backward?'” But hey, it is what it is, right?

  12. Peter says:

    I think it’s time to bring closure to this discussion, move forward and get on with our lives.

  13. sezme says:

    I’m going to go ahead and agree with you.

  14. King Prick says:

    I proudly have my laptop set to spell words using “UK English,” which seems kind of neolexic in it’s own right. It’s amazing to me that English is no longer just English. It’s”become American English” (which is really a polite way of identifying 300 million people too stupid to spell or pronounce words correctly.)

    Then there’s UK English, which, ‘m sure was invented by well… The fucking English. Apparently though, they spell everything wrong. Words like odour, cheque, civilisation. (I cringe as I look at my office laptop and see the little squiggly, underlining, spelling error thingy appears below each of those three words.

    Can someone—ANYONE—please tell me when and by whom the term American English or American spelling was coined. It seems to me that Merriam Webster might have just been a really bad speller.

    At the very least, I would ask, only from myself; a high school dropout, construction professional—-Can we all just speak the language the way it’s meant to be spoken? We are a Commonwealth nation. So sad that we’re all becoming so stupid and so dulled by American media infiltration that we are now starting to sound like our stunted friends to the south.

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