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    April 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    "Trickeration": Is This Hot New Word Really a Word?

    ​Viewers of last week's 49ers-Seahawks game may have heard something a bit jarring -- not as jarring as what happened to poor Delanie Walker, but jarring nevertheless. Describing the teams' eclectic playcalling, the game's announcer repeatedly used the term "trickeration." Evidently "trickeration" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    This Is How the Word "Artisanal" Becomes Meaningless

    Jonathan KauffmanArtisan water​ Walking up Union Street last night, SFoodie passed a spa advertising "artisinal facials." And then we saw this -- on a water filter. Artisan water? Can someone from Merriam-Webster's stage an intervention? Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Jerry Brown Inauguration -- Top-10 Signs of 'Austerity'

    Gov. Jerry Brown served up some cold words to go along with the hot dogs​Gov. Jerry Brown was yesterday inaugurated in a brief ceremony described as no-frills, Spartan, and, an iteration of the Merriam-Webster word of the past year, "austere." What were some signs of austerity at Brown's swearing- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Wooly Pig Cafe to Open in the Inner Sunset

    Jonathan KauffmanWooly Pig Cafe's logo.​ SFoodie just noticed this logo appearing on the papered-over windows of what used to be the Hugo Street Cafe in the Inner Sunset. Phone calls to the city revealed only that the owners are operating under the name "Sour Kao"; in addition, the cafe is not con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    49ers Never Had 'Rivalry' With Rams

    The Rams were good ... but the 49ers were the best​Heading into Sunday's nifty 49ers win over the St. Louis Rams, local TV stations showed plenty of nostalgia-inducing clips of Roger Craig high-stepping, Joe Montana hurling slant after slant to Jerry Rice, and Carlton Williamson or Ronnie Lott rac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Don't Sound Like a Tool: The Most Mispronounced Menu Words of All Time

    ​Don't Sound Like a Tool is SFoodie's series of audio pronunciation guides to sort-of-common-but-not-obvious words we keep encountering on wine lists and menus. No more shame, no more pointing, no more godawful imitations of a language you don't speak.bokchoi&snowpea/FlickrConfit: Pronounced ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Where's the Fire? Union's Chron Ad, Campaign Stir Accusations of Improper Lobbying.

    Whether an orchestrated campaign to spur the general public to call or write their city councilmen is benevolent or nefarious depends upon the cause at hand. But to argue that such a campaign doesn't constitute "lobbying" is to take up a losing battle with the good folks at Merriam-Webster. The ad t ... More >>

  • Film

    September 17, 2008

    Ricky Gervais Sees Dead People

    And they bring him to life in Ghost Town.

  • News

    October 27, 2004

    Of Asterisks and Small Pols

    When the city government tries to play satire police with the press, everyone with a sense of humor -- and a belief in the Constitution -- should be concerned

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