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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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Introducing Wasko Lit

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New Great Books literature courses from Brian and Melanie Wasko!

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How About Some Christmas Charity for Ebeneezer Scrooge?

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Why do we have to use Ebenezer’s name as a synonym for a tight-fisted miser? If you ask me, it’s not at all in keeping with the Christmas spirit.

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Is “Legit” Legit?

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Is it okay to use “legit” in formal writing?

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And I Was Like, “Is This Correct English?”

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Is it acceptable English to use “was like” as a dialogue tag? When I clicked to find out, I was like, “No way!”

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