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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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Few and Plain Is Best

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Some writing advice from John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Ruskin was a writer and artist, but is best known as an art …

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Answers to the Fictional Places Quiz

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On my Facebook page today, I shared a quiz created by Richard Lederer on his Verbivore blog. I’ve been a …

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Writing Tip #42: Use Figures of Speech: Similes

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Use figures of speech: Similes. Of the figures of speech, similes are among the most common. A simile is a …

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How Not To Argue: Straw Man

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Arguments get pretty ugly these days. But they don’t have to. Reasoned argument can be a good thing, but we need to learn how to argue reasonably. That means learning to avoid fallacies like the ubiquitous Straw Man Fallacy.

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