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Verbing Weirds Language

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Verbification, or verbing is the turning of nouns into verbs. This is often fine and useful. I find it much …

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Baseball Idioms: 17 Ways Baseball Has Influenced Ordinary Speech

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It’s September, the final month of regular season baseball. That’s good news for me, because I am a long-time Phillies …

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Meet Tom Swift

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Life is hectic as school days approach, so today I’m reposting from an old blog. Enjoy!


A Tom Swifty is a quip where an adverb attached to a dialogue tag carries both a literal and a “punny” meaning.

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How to Pronounce “Slough”: Slew? Sluff? Slow? Slug? Slog?

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The difficulty of pronouncing slough and other -ough words.

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