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The Other F-Word

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This word may not conjure pleasant thoughts, but it’s an old word with an interesting history. And it makes a lot of us laugh, too.

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Happy Birthday, Truman

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Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on this date in 1924. Capote is best known for his short novel …

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Myth Buster: Never Start a Sentence with “Hopefully”

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Hopefully, you will benefit from this blog post. Does that sentence raise your hackles? Work you into a tizzy? Light …

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Mommas and Commas: Never Use a Comma Before “Be”?

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Linda M. asked the following question in a Facebook message:

My mom used to say, “Never use a comma before any form of the verb to be.” Is this right? In some sentences it seems like there should be a comma before the word is.

I find this rule curious, and wonder how such rules get created and passed on. It’s not wrong either, at least not entirely. Let’s see if we can clarify it a bit.

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10 Real Words You Will Probably Never Use

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Did you know that there is a word for being poisoned by cheese? Yup — tyrotoxism. Check out more words that really exist but no one really needs.

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