Category Archives: Others

Games, Explorations, and Views

Games Game Software Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Late Antiquity What Happened at Adrianople? The Epitaph of Praetextatus Some Observations on Roman Chariot-Racing Language The Center Center Weasel Words Stop Saying That! Stupid Spellings Miscellaneous Skookum Editions What’s a Skookum Anyway? Old Stuff WordTally: Free batch word-counting and status-reporting for documents Photo Galleries Everything on these pages […]


Batch Word-counting and Property-reporting for Microsoft Word Files WordTally is a little Windows utility for batch processing of any documents that can be opened in Microsoft Word, including files in nested folders, to provide a total word count and a couple of document properties. This isn’t a particularly feature-rich application, but it fills a need. Looking […]

Stop Saying That!

This page is about some of the things people (especially in the media) commonly say that I wish they would stop saying. With a few exceptions, it’s not about grammatical mistakes or usages that are no longer worth fighting about, nor is it about tiresome cliches; it’s about using the language carelessly, without considering whether […]

Civil Liberties vs. Human Rights

This letter was published by the short-lived Canadian periodical The Idler in September 1985. A bit of background for non-Canadian readers: the eleven men referred to are the Prime Minister and the Premiers of the ten provinces. Under the parliamentary system, the leaders of majority governments have essentially unfettered power. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was […]

Weasel Words

We all like to have a chuckle at the euphemisms invented by bureaucrats, public relations officers, and assorted hand-wringers—terms like animal companions for pets and challenged for handicapped. But what is more disturbing is the way euphemisms and perverted meanings creep into the popular language and choke off the truth about things—largely through the influence of journalists who are too pusillanimous to […]

Skookum Editions – Free History E-books

The following e-books, available for free download, have been carefully prepared from texts that are in the public domain worldwide (or, as noted, in Canada, where this site is hosted). With the exception of Rolfe’s Ammianus, they contain all the original footnotes, reciprocally linked. Any classical Greek cited is correctly rendered where the device font […]