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March 2021 Issue of the Clinton Township Newsletter

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2 m a r c h 2 0 2 1 W W W . C L I N T O N T W P N E W S L E T T E R . C O M SHADES | MOTORIZED SHADES | BLINDS | DRAPES | PLANTATION SHUTTERS You Deserve Them! 908.236.2688 14 Lebanon Plaza n 1109 Rte. 31 S. Lebanon, NJ 08833 New Jersey Licensed Master Plumber #8722 Your Remodeling Experts! 908.735.4438 Ruth Keesing, with her second husband Fred, began the Clinton Township Newsletter in 1982. She loved reading, grammar, word usage, doing crossword puzzles, the English language, writing poems and, especially, this column. We traded books with one another for eleven years, and often loved the same ones, despite the difference in our ages. As you've read in her columns, she could find humor in everything. She was a prolific writer and would often hand me two or three columns at a time. Most especially (she would hate it that I used those two words together, but they fit this instance) she was bothered by commas before the word "and" (even though in some instances its usage is correct). Every ", and" met with her proof reader's red pen! If there's a patron saint of editors, she's probably having a word with him or her right now. – JF Locally Owned and Operated by Phil & Diane Koury 185 Center St., Clinton 908.735.4499 "The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work." ~ Harry Golden D O N ' T S A Y I T A G A I N, S A M! by Ruth Keesing and Chris Hollenbeck* (from 2009) I love it when people tell me, "You look thinner", or, "I enjoyed your column" or "My turn to pick up the dinner tab". There are, however, some words and phrases that I could jolly well do without. Maybe I should really just "Get a Life", but... ó Overuse of the word "unique" which cannot be modi- fied. Nothing, therefore, is "very unique". ó Using "disrespect" as a verb. Only rappers and TV mobsters say "Don't disrespect me". ó "Proven track record", which may have a place in a resume but actually says nothing unless you're an Olym- pic runner. ó "Cutting edge" -- OK on the wax paper box only. ó "Results-oriented", which I presume means, "Hope I get it right this time". ó All kinds of things have now become "events". House on fire? It's a "fire event". Heavy winds become a "wind event". My idea of an event would be the marriage of a grandchild or my 85th birthday. ó "Frenemies". Ask a teenage daughter what this one means. ó "Fabulous" -- Many things/people/places are so des- ignated. Don't believe it! ó "Whatever" -- Used to dismiss further discussion when you're having an argument. I confess to using it quite of- ten when Fred and I discuss politics or the temperature setting on the thermostat. ó "Congratulations!", when said to someone who just purchased a new home or car. Why offer congratulations for spending big bucks? Anyone can do it. This is heard to great annoyance on home shopping TV channels. ó "Bailout" -- Please - only in a leaky canoe. Call me a curmudgeon if you must. It's kinder than many things I've been called of late. Any- way, Newsletter readers, "Have a nice day!" * Chris was, for many years, my "Chief" Editor at Bell- core and is forever smart (Mensa) and lovable. Thanks for his ideas!

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