Some of the coolest just ain’t true

It’s a well known fact that many very famous quotes from the worlds greatest movie stars were never actually uttered by those stars. Sylvester Stallone never said, “Don’t push me!” in First Blood. He actually asked, quite calmly, “Why are you pushing me?” More...

Women are meat weapons used by Satan

People often accuse me of victimising the church and picking on religion. As I’ve said before, it’s really not my fault. Generally speaking, religions make themselves a target for those of us fighting against the improper use of language. Politicians do it as an...

It’s the way they tell ‘em

I really can’t let this one go by, especially as it was originally brought up by a rather stridently vocal reader of The Word. I’m sure you’re all well aware of the Pope’s recent forays into the arena of public speaking. Benedict XVI gave a lecture at a German...

Anniversarial word smithery

When it comes to using words in ways that seem to make the absurd an artform, there’s really no competition for politicians and religious leaders. There’s been an awful lot of rhetoric and word smithery going on over the last couple of days as people reflect on five...

They’re all as bad as each other

Dr George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, is in trouble again. The leading Catholic is regularly upsetting people with his comments and opinions.This time Dr Pell made an address to US Catholic business leaders in Florida in February; the address was published last week....