Speaking of …

Speaking of …

Pardon our Italian: A London-based department store chain has taken on Starbucks’ coffee nomenclature, allowing customers to order in “plain English.” Tall, grande and venti are now small, medium and large. Cappuccino is now “frothy coffee,” and lattes are “really milky coffees.”

But why stop there? We suggest some “plain English” for chips, bangers, mash, boot, biscuit, googlebox and argy-bargy.

He does so have to shoot me now: Cabela’s, the hunting, fishing and outdoors supplier in Tulalip, is offering a duck identification class for kids on Sunday. Kids can touch and hear the calls of different ducks and learn how to make duck sounds.

What the kids do with that information afterward is up to their parents.

Koshik want a peanut: South Korean language scientists have confirmed the claims of zookeepers at the Everland Zoo in Yongin that Koshik the elephant is able to “speak” the Korean words for “sit down,” “no,” “lie down,” “good” and “hello” by placing its trunk in its mouth.

There’s no evidence that Koshik understands the words he is using. But then, there’s no evidence that duck hunters understand the quacks they make.

—Jon Bauer, Herald staff

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Jan. 20

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Help community colleges meet job training needs

Lost in the focus on K-12 school funding, have been the needs of community and technical colleges.

Schwab: The sentiment, not the word, is problem with Trump

Who shows more love for America: Those who seek to come here or the man who derides them?

Bravo to Port of Everett for employing veterans, reservists

Thank you to Everett for being a place a veteran such as… Continue reading

Thanks for gifts for youths with Cocoon House

Cocoon House would like to thank the community for its incredible generosity… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Jan. 19

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Eminent domain isn’t popular, but it’s fair

Everett Public Schools’ condemnation process assures fairness for property owners and taxpayers.

Ignatius: How military trains to let others do the fighting

The struggle for the U.S. military has been to accept letting other nations fight their own battles.

Milbank: Trump’s fine, but his Trumpism may be contagious

Trump may be in ‘excellent’ health, but has the White House doctor contracted his hyperbolic style.

Most Read