Things that bewilder me, in no particular order:
- Middle-aged white men who say with all sincerity that “women were better off in the 19th century than they are now.” (This is a real thing I’ve experienced.)
- Election day isn’t a national holiday.
- Some people assume dogs are male, and cats are female. Maybe just kids do this? I don’t know. It’s weird.
- Jumpsuits are popular again. I find this particularly baffling as someone who spent the better part of the early 1990s feeling naked and vulnerable in public restroom stalls while trying to keep a jumpsuit from touching iffy floor tiles as I peed.
- Contestants on public radio quiz shows don’t know that Ripley’s first name is Ellen. (Yes, Lennox, I’m still thinking about this a week later.)
- Why Grammarly is so dead set against tautology in casual writing. It’s how people speak!
I’m baffled by plenty of other things. These are just a few off the top of my head.