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YegWords: The LOL situation

LOL: It started out as a friendly enough relationship: I’d be chatting online with my pals, jokes would be exchanged, and you would fit perfectly into the moment. Instead of having to explain myself by saying, “I’m laughing so hard right now!” I could type three simple letters: LOL (“laughing out loud”). Like the perfect [...]

By Andrea Beça YegNews.com Edmonton is reported to be in for a warm but wet summer—it could be raining cats and dogs for the next three months. And of course, that prospect got the etymologist in me wondering: why do we say it’s “raining cats and dogs,” anyway? For the first time, researching the origins [...]

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By Jennifer Parks YegNews.com Wanna get out of your head? Work with your hands. I’ve gone to town lately stripping, sanding and refinishing old, wooden garage-sale furniture. I love me the feel of smooth wood, the strangely comforting smell of Varsol, and getting to tear off all of that Painters-Mate Green Masking Tape at the [...]

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By Jennifer Parks I’m not big on introductions, so I’ll keep this short and to the point… which is all people seem to have time for these days anyway. I am not some quintessentially blissed-out person with innate, expert knowledge on what is today’s sexiest human-interest buzz topic: Happiness. Everyone wants the big ‘H’ – [...]

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By Andrea Beça Let’s talk about words that aren’t words. You know the ones—they start out as an accident, a slip of the tongue, or a blending of two words, and somehow they creep their way into everyday conversation. They may even creep so far as to make it into the dictionary. It’s time to [...]

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