"Dash it all!" This thought sometimes springs to mind when I am reading or editing something. I can't blame the writers – I believe that a majority of English speakers overuse hyphens because they're easier, although many simply do not know the difference between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes.
As an American editor living in the UK, I had to make an adjustment in…
There are certain words in the English language that, through no fault of their own, are constantly misused and abused. They are innocent bystanders that get caught in the crossfire between a deadline and the rush to get things done quickly without proper revisions. Who will stand up for these downtrodden victims of our modern haste? Will you?
Words that are misused due to typing errors or confusion over the differences in their meanings: Complement/compliment, accept/except,…
Added by Cassie O'Shea on February 7, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments
As an American editor working in the UK, I come across linguistic puzzles on a daily basis. The wacky spelling differences between US and UK English, reconciling a preference for compound words with a hyphen-happy approach, the many grammatical rules have been smoothed over for American consumption – most of these are par for the course (or go with the territory). What stumps me are the cultural variations of colloquialisms, catchphrases, and vocabulary.
For many purists,…Continue
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This morning I woke feeling a bit off kilter. After eight days of being in a very intensive and regimented program of scoring AP English Literature essays, I suddenly had six undefined hours ahead of me before I needed to be at the airport, and my morning felt oddly stiff, like donning a new pair of shoes. I attempted to lay in bed but dawn called me out and up and lead me to wander beside the Ohio River, which snakes along the backside of Louisville, Kentucky.
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I had her for only one class, Expository Writing, and I don’t remember much about her. She wore lipstick that shimmered. Her face was shiny-clean, framed by curly red hair and scarves. She smiled often, but she was not bubbly.
In the past, the names of my two or three favorite former teachers rolled of my tongue like unspooling thread. They were teachers whose enthusiasm for learning was contagious, making them obvious contenders for the deserved Favorite Teacher title.
Added by Jessica Vealitzek on May 9, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments
We were in English class one day when my teacher asked us to recite a lyrical ballad in the front of the class which we could sing as a song if we wanted to, or as a poem site-read from heart. I flipped through the text pages until I got to a Medieval Scottish one titled "Get Up and Bar the Door", a 45 –line poem next to a black and white drawing of a husband, and a wife with a turban wrapped around her head. I read the story twice: about a couple during Christmas time whose door keeps…Continue
Added by Tracy Elizabeth on April 24, 2012 at 6:38pm — No Comments
The statement ‘Words make the World Go Round’ is really a no brainer. When I was at school, words and english, correct english was a necessary evil. Not all of us thought that words were a doorway to a magical world that you could create yourself, a world limited only by your imagination.
I can’t remember thinking to my self “I want to be a writer”. I just wrote. About anything and everything. I think before writing became all-important to me I drew and most of all I read…Continue
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A 'Cute' of puppies
For over 35 years, we have raised Old English Sheepdogs.
I love them.
To me, they are the perfect breed.
Happy, loyal, smart, easily trained, friendly, protective, gentle.
All of the best qualities of DOG writ large.
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In June, Wendy Call’s narrative nonfiction book No Word for Welcome was published by University of Nebraska Press and in April, Midge Raymond’s award-winning short story collection…Continue
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Today's post features one of 10 new segments on the English language, part of a cleverly written series from the Open University.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 6, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
After promoting the first edition of Forgetting English, I thought I learned a lot. Then the publisher closed, the book was reissued by Press 53, and now I find myself going through yet another around of promotion and learning even more.
In addition, I've recently co-founded a boutique…Continue
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The British Library wants your voice. . . the sound of your voice. Today's post tells you why, and how you may lend it.
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