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Clipped Words

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Maybe it’s a sign that English speakers and writers are lazy, but we have a historic tendency to shorten long words. It tends to start in informal, spoken settings, but eventually the clipped forms make their way into formal, published writing. That’s when the purists object. But nobody really minds the purists. Eventually, the clipped form becomes preferred and we …

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Writing Prompt: Cartoon Eulogy

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I admit it: I have always hated the Road Runner. Even as a child, my sympathies lay with Wile E. …

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Hoity-Toity or Hoi Polloi?

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The term hoi polloi comes from the Greek and means “the many” or “the majority” and is commonly  used to …

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Grammar Comic #2: Ancient Grammar Police

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The last grammar comic was so popular, I figured I’d offer another. ***** Like this article? Please consider sharing it …

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Comic: English Teacher Gone Bad

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I’m on the road and have little time for blogging, so I thought I’d just pass along this comic my …

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