Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2012’

Writing Down the Garden Path


Quick. Does this sentence make grammatical sense?

The man who hunts ducks out on weekends.

How about this one:

The cotton shirts are made of grows in Mississippi.

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The Heroic Journey 9: Heroes Change


A word about the Hero in the beginning.

In a novel there are obstacles — tangible ones such as icebergs, aliens, a powerful lost Ark, fairy tale creatures invading Shrek’s swamp, or the Mafia. But there are also inner conflicts within the Hero which affect the outer conflict.

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Grammar Comics. Literally.


  Growing up, I always loved the Sunday Comics section of my newspaper. So I thought I’d start a Sunday …

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Portmanteau Words


A portmanteau word is created by combining two existing words. They are sometimes eventually recognized by dictionaries, but more often, they appear as slang and quickly fade into obsolescence. A common and relevant example is blog (web + log).

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