Judy Hagey

Freelance Editor - Writer

Is There an Echo in Here?

Some years ago, a discount department store ran an ad in which two similarly dressed persons appeared. The announcer—in a loud, annoying voice—called out article after article: a dress shirt from a high-priced department store compared to a similar shirt from the discount store. “It’s the same thing.” After each item—the slacks, the tie, the […]

Say It Ain’t So

The day after my Better Half’s (BH) recent shoulder surgery, while still under the influence of pain pills, he made a verbal faux pas that will be one of those family jokes that lives on. With his arm in a sling, he asked for help with some small task, remarking as he did so, “I’m […]

Flag That

Today is Flag Day in the U.S. Betsy Ross is credited with creating our national emblem despite little historical evidence. But that hasn’t stopped us from setting aside a day to honor the Stars and Stripes—representing the shared ideals and values of disparate states. The use of flags to identify a country or family goes […]

Annoyed? or Aggravated?

If you live in one of the early caucus or primary states, I’d wager you’re growing irritated with the number and tenor of the political ads. If you’re a political junkie, maybe you’re just annoyed by them. If you’ve begun muting them, they’ve clearly become an aggravation. Regardless of your level of distaste with political […]

Earthy? or Euphemism? A Lighthearted Look at Some Fun(ny) Words

While it’s still summer, let’s take some time to explore some of the fun and funnier words in our English language. You know those words that just tickle your tongue and make you wonder, where in the world did that originate? OK, maybe I’m the only one who asks that, but here goes with a […]