Thursday, 13 January 2022

The Other Side of Covid-19

There is an old adage that says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Now that we have two years of Covid under our belts, maybe it’s time to try another approach. Maybe it’s time to learn to laugh again. I do not say that to belittle the pandemic; heaven forbid! After all, we all know people affected by its talons. That part is no laughing matter.

Having said that, most of us are also responsible people. We listen to the scientists; we listen to the infectious disease experts; we do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We wear masks and practise hand hygiene; we get our vaccinations as recommended; we practise social distancing. We’ve done our part. So now what? Dare we live again?

With that in mind, and as a longtime humorist, I dedicate this post to learning to laugh again. My intention is to revisit this post from time to time as I discover new Covid-related material that makes me chuckle. I take no credit for the cartoons and/or memes (unless specifically indicated). As such I expect that it will be a work in progress. Maybe laughter really is the best medicine. Maybe that’s the long sought-after cure that we’ve all been hoping for. Peace.

Monday, 10 January 2022

Do We Need A New Pronoun?

It has been said that English is one of the more difficult languages in the world. I don’t know if that is true or not, but as one who has dabbled in several other languages over the years, I think it is true that English has some interesting quirks. Then again, in one way or another, I think it is safe to say that the same is probably true of most (if not all) languages.

I am reminded this morning while sitting in my father’s library of one of his many jokes. He used to say that, in the interest of simplifying the English language, he had developed a new pronoun. This new pronoun was suitable for use in virtually every application, regardless of gender and regardless whether we were speaking of animate or inanimate objects. In short, his new pronoun was perfect, not just for those for whom English is their native tongue, but also for those for whom English is a second or third language. Who knows, but perhaps by helping to eliminate some of our language’s confusion, one day Dad’s suggestion could even become the new politically correct.

What is it? It is quite simple and ingenious and works like this:

First, we borrow the S from she.

Second, we insert the H from he.

Finally, we conclude by adding IT.

Now why didn’t our English forefathers think of that? It would have made life so much easier!

“A well-developed sense of humour is the pole
that adds balance to your steps
as you walk the tightrope of life.”
-attributed to:William Arthur Ward