Tagged With: Language

Autocorrect

Please, $DEITY, let this be the result of autocorrect.

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Firewood

Those who know us know that we love a good fire, and this winter looks to have lots of opportunity for such, with first snow expected this weekend.  In preparation, therefore, we’ve been looking to procure firewood. After several rounds with unscrupulous sellers trying to play games with me regarding the quantity of wood (one … Continue reading »

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What is “The One True Comma?”

Apologies for the poor recording; it is not our video.

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Cursed From Birth

In the news: Felon Named “Fellony” Charged with New Felonies A 22-year-old named Fellony Hudson is accused of felony kidnapping, felony eluding, felony possession of a stolen vehicle and several misdemeanors after police pursued him across state lines. … After a chase that spanned several cities, his vehicle was eventually hit with a set of … Continue reading »

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The Oxford Comma, Revisited

As we are occasionally wont to do, we’d like to take a moment to argue once again in favor of the Oxford Comma.  It really does make things clearer, as a court in Maine recently ruled: https://qz.com/932004/the-oxford-comma-a-maine-court-settled-the-grammar-debate-over-serial-commas-with-a-ruling-on-overtime-pay-for-dairy-truck-drivers/ A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, … Continue reading »

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Word of the Day

predicumentary: n.  A documentary that shows the future.  “Idiocracy is a predicumentary.”

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Loopholes

loophole (noun, euphemistic): complying fully with the law as written

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On International Negotiation

Prof. S.: No French speakers in the class? Smartarse Student: German.  It’ll get me through France!

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We Write Like…

We write like H. P. Lovecraft I Write Like. Analyze your writing! (We analyzed this post.)

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Cost and Conversation

This morning’s xkcd raised an interesting idea in our mind.  A number of the quotations cited bemoan the death of the old-fashioned letter–a lengthy, carefully crafted piece of writing–in favor of the much shorter note as bringing about the end of fine writing (a couple of others decry the shortening of the news cycle from … Continue reading »

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