Five-Dollar Words

This Column Sucks

When School Board President Nancy Harter said "That sucks" at a recent meeting, what did she really mean? Read story.

Friday, May 4, 2007

A High-Falutin Expression

While "420" means something to some people everyday, it can signify the time to light up to just about everyone on April 20. Drew Mackie looks at where the phrase came from and why it became so popular. Read story.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sticky "Situation" at the Santa Barbara News-Press

Brouhaha? Fooferaw? The dispute between News-Press management and former employees has gone on long enough that you'd think some news agency would have thought up a snazzy catch-all name for it that expresses the magnitude succinctly and objectively. Alas, even an expansive list of possible synonyms falls short. Read story.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Holy Foreigner, Batman!

While most know "Santa Barbara" means "Saint Babs," the roots of the name lend it such translations as "Holy Foreigner," "Holy Bumpkin" and-best of all-"Holy Blah-Blah-Blah." We're jive, sanctified. Read story.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

She's No Lady

This is the first entry in Five Dollar Words, a new column about words, with a specific focus on those used particularly often in Santa Barbara. Yes, Indy reporter Drew Mackie acknowledges that writing about words is the kind of navel-gazing effort that makes writers feel good about themselves and, given the nature of online columns, will only result in reader comments - or writing about writing on writing. And Drew thinks that's funny. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
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