Christine A. Lindberg

Christine Lindberg is a writer and editor who abandoned her Connecticut shoreline roots for the rural foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Central New York, where winters are deep—and pockets are not . . . where storms are measured not by inches of snow, but by the actions of neighbors who help each other through them.

Articles by Christine A. Lindberg


I admit it . . . I’m dog-given

I love dogs. I think I was just born that way. Given that I’m part of a vast community of canophilists, it’s never made sense to me that dogs often feature in an unfavorable way in English. Every group in the animal kingdom is represented in at least a few phrases, idioms, allusions, and metaphors, […]


Alluding to illusions …

Emmy host Jimmy Fallon … made a sly illusion to Conan O’Brien’s firing as host of “The Tonight Show”. CNN transcripts, August 2010 (taken from the Oxford English Corpus). As the above incorrect usage shows, among many troublesome twosomes in the English language are illusion and allusion. It doesn’t help that their pronunciations are similar, […]


Nom nom! 2010 was a deliciously rich year for our language

Popular culture . . . In 2010, much of our uneasy fascination turned from zombie banks to plain old zombies. Well, maybe not “plain old.” It’s been a phenomenal year for zombies, who have commanded huge markets in the entertainment industry and a seemingly insatiable fan base. As zombies roamed the planet, another breed of […]

Refudiate: An understandable mistake?

Refudiate: An understandable mistake?

Refute, repudiate, refuse? They can be confusing! When Sarah Palin keyed the word “refudiate” into some Twitter messages in 2010, it became an instant sensation, especially among her critics, who mocked the former governor for her use of a word that does not exist. But Palin was by no means the first person to say or […]