Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
Just a few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society named "subprime" the word of the year for 2007. The year before, it was "plutoed," and before, that it was "truthiness." Each year, scholars, linguists and lexicographers decide which new words should be formally entered into our dictionaries, or at least what words should be deigned mainstream enough to have formal...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
After the party ended and everyone else went home, we stood in the doorway of the guest bedroom. We were two adults -- grown up, both unattached and alone together. As we chatted there, she moved in close to me, and then got quiet. There was a moment. It was one of those moments. It had been a long time...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
She was like an onion. No, she did not smell bad or make me cry. But the more we talked, the more I learned about her, and the more I felt like I was peeling away layers of an onion. Her initial e-mail to me sounded depressingly fatalistic about her online experiences: "I'm going out on a limb to write...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
A while back, I was talking with a friend who lamented how it's nearly impossible to meet someone at a regular place like a supermarket who would meet all the rigid requirements of compatibility and attractiveness -- and still be Jewish. "It's tough enough, and then, it's not like you can ask someone if they're Jewish," she said. A few...
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Is Facebook -- or face to face -- the answer to courtship?
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Andrew Butler, JE Feature
You want to ask that cute coworker or classmate out for Valentine's Day, but can't seem to get up the gumption to do it in person. Is it okay to ask for a date via e-mail? What about a MySpace comment? Writing on a Facebook wall? Sending a text message? AIM? Voice mail? We've never had so many chances to...
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