Monthly Archives: February 2010

Vocab Elements and Online Language Effects

We spend a lot of time on this blog learning new words to improve our writing and expand our minds. I wanted to know more about the study of words and how the online world is affecting our language. This … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Journaling

A brand-new journal, all clean and crisp, is such a weighty thing. It holds such possibilities for discovery, creativity, and the all-important record. What would our modern society be without a record of events? We spend so much of our … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

Hey, gang. This week’s list is a mishmash of words that struck my fancy. Read on! Groupthink: Decision-making by a group, especially when most of the group accept the decisions without thought or criticism Cosmophobia: An irrational fear that the … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder: Negative Digital Terms

Hey, gang. This week’s vocabulary builder focuses on the negative side of the digital world: Hashtag spam:¬†Tweets that use a (usually popular) hashtag (#) that has nothing to do with the tweet and that is used just to gain attention … Continue reading

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The Direct Address Comma: Quiz Answers

Get the answer to the direct address comma quiz from Friday. Continue reading

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Punctuation Point: The Direct Address Comma

Recently, this cartoon made the rounds of language mavens: The comma rule depicted here is simple: use a comma with the name of a person you are directly addressing. If the name comes first, it is followed by a comma: … Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder: Humor

Lately, I’ve been thinking about humor and the varieties it comes in. My husband has been talking about it on his blog, too, which is what got me started. In general conversation, we tend to use humor labels loosely. But … Continue reading

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Grammar Bite: Compose vs. Comprise

Some writers use “compose” and “comprise” interchangeably. Is that really OK? Continue reading

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Weekly Vocab Builder

OK, weekly is a bit of misnomer here. I fell a little behind due to a severe head cold, so herewith is your “Weekly Vocab Builder…and a Bit More.” Scalawag: a troublemaker, racscal. Hypallage: “reversal of the syntactic relation of … Continue reading

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