Worth Trying – March 16

Fishing hook

O’Neill’s Irish Flies

This online business is dedicated to all aspects of fly fishing. It was founded two years ago by Tim O’Neill, of Hockessin, who began fly fishing at the age of 10 and managed Delaware’s only full-service fly shop from 2009 to 2014. “When you say ‘fly fishing,’” says O’Neill, “most people get a vision of a guy in a tweed jacket standing in the middle of a river catching trout. While Trout are certainly one of the fish we chase with fly gear, there are a multitude of other opportunities out there. The shad migration, or ‘shad run,’ is an example. The peak of the run is usually in early May. Fishing for shad is not very technical and catches can reach 100 fish per day.”
—Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor

kylie-lip-kitKylie Lip Kit

I received the Kylie Lip Kit as a gift last month and fell in love with it. At $29, it’s inexpensive compared to other cosmetics and it comes with a lip liner and a lipstick. Made by Kylie Jenner, it’s formulated to moisten your lips and create a color that’s guaranteed to last all day. The six colors have been selling out in record time. For more information visit kyliecosmetics.com.
—Shawn Caparelli, Intern


Arena’s Sandwich Night

Relatively new to Newark and originally from Rehoboth, Arena’s Deli and Bar on Main Street is one of my favorite laid-back sandwich shops. Sandwich night is a weekly promotion where sandwiches are half-price after 6 p.m. Growing up in Sussex County, I spent many Wednesday nights eating the “California Club Dude” sandwich.
—Allison Hageman, Intern

Bouquet of roses

Petal Pushers (Floral Designs by Alexis)

Although I’ve known Alexis since childhood, I just recently saw her talent first-hand. Like
any other deadbeat husband, I needed to find some last minute gifts for Valentine’s Day. Remembering Alexis had opened a retail location in Trolley Square Shopping Center, I decided to swing by. Absolutely beautiful arrangements, unique options and affordable prices. petalpushersdel.com
—Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager

War on Words – March 16

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Storm Warnings

The January snow storm provided War with these items, the first two courtesy of a reader. Corrections in parenthesis:
• A CNN reporter: “New Yorkers have began (begun) to dig out and are showing that they haven’t ran (run) out of that New York spirit.”
• Another CNN reporter, this one in D.C.: “The mayor has issued a warning. Her (she) and her team are preparing for the worse (worst).”
• And here’s a redundancy from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking about his city’s storm readiness: “We are prepared for what’s coming up ahead.”

The Extraneous Of

Note to all broadcasters (especially sports broadcasters): There is no need for “of” in such phrases as “not that big of a deal,” “not too smart of a player.” It makes you sound unsophisticated at best, uneducated at worst.

Also, a simple “off” is almost always better than the wordy “off of” in constructions like “he jumped off of the bridge.”

Just Asking . . .

And why do some sports broadcasters drop the g in recognize (pronouncing it “rec-a-nize”) and the c in ecstatic (“ess-tatic”)? We’re talking to you, Mike Quick, Eagles radio color man.

We’re Starting Not to Care

This is getting exhausting. Add golf announcer Johnny Miller to the long list of media people who don’t understand that the phrase is “couldn’t care less.” Commenting on a golfer’s attitude, Miller said, “He could care less.”

Are You Anxious? Eager? Irritated?

A reader explains that anxious is not interchangeable with eager. Anxious implies anxiety; eager implies a hopeful and happy anticipation.

Similarly, she points out that aggravated is not synonymous with irritated, so sentences such as “his condition was aggravated by the drugs prescribed” are incorrect. “People,” she explains, “are not aggravated but rather irritated. E.g., ‘He was irritated (not aggravated) with his employer.’”

Corporate Speak

Speaking of irritating, here are a few corporate terms that should just disappear:
• External thought leader, drill down, think outside the box, win-win, move the needle, metric, incent, deliverables, pre-meeting, preplanning, and “let’s sunset this and move on to the next project (issue, matter-at-hand, etc.).”

Any workplace terms that irritate you? Send ‘em in.

Media Watch

• ESPN commentator: “My favorite antidote about John Gruden . . .” That would be anecdote—a story or account of an incident. Antidote means cure or remedy, especially for an infection or disease.
• From The News Journal (about a death row ruling): “. . . to prevent he or she from testifying.” The verb, prevent, requires objective pronouns—him, her. Yet another example of a writer’s misguided attempt at sophistication.
• Today Show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer also chose the wrong pronoun, which in this case was the objective one: “We are all happy to hear that her and her baby are doing OK.” This calls for the subjective pronoun, she.
• A WDEL reporter, describing a house fire: “Smoke was bellowing out of the windows.” Smoke can’t yell. It was billowing.
• The News Journal again, reporting on the new UD president: “[Assanis] followed behind Patrick T. Harker . . .” How else, a reader asks, would someone follow?
• Reaching back to the Christmas holidays, we find a reader’s note about a double gaffe in The News Journal: “In today’s story on outdoor holiday displays, we are treated to multiple references to Santa Clause (Is he an attorney? An English teacher?) and another to ‘chimney’s on fire.’”

Word of the Month: torpor

Pronounced TOR-puhr, it’s a noun meaning a mental state marked by apathy, lethargy, and inaction.


Contact me for a fun power point presentation on grammar.

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Party Animal Loop

Friday, April 10, 7pm-1amParticipating Venues

Party for the animals! Miller Lite presents the Party Animal Loop, a benefit for the Delaware Humane Association. A $5 cover to benefit the pets grants access to 15 clubs:

Catherine Rooney’sChelsea Tavern
Club Lavish
Dead Presidents
Ernest & Scott Taproom
Famous Tim’s
Grotto Pizza
Kelly’s Logan House
Kid Shelleen’s
Satsuma Grill
Timothy’s Riverfront