Category Archives: grammar

  1. English Majors, Edgar Poe, and Ouija Boards

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    November 19, 2019 by libroshombre

    Adventure novelist Clive Cussler wrote, “There is no greater unknown than the sea and no greater mystery than a lost …
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  2. Blount, Y’all! Apostrophes!

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    November 19, 2019 by libroshombre

    The recent snowfall was a reminder to break out my winter fedora and pack away the ball caps of summer, …
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  3. Righting Wrongs, Writing Wrong, and the Power of Mistakes

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    March 18, 2019 by libroshombre

    Martial arts maestro Bruce Lee wrote in his book, “Striking Thoughts,” that “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the …
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  4. Saints, Milk, and Commas

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    March 18, 2019 by libroshombre

    You want to keep your Saint Isidores straight when you’re talking about commas. Or is it “Saints Isidore”? Either way, …
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  5. Drunk Persians, Political Correctness, and Deceptive Advertising

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    November 23, 2016 by libroshombre

      Herodotus reported that the ancient Persians preferred getting drunk when deciding something important, and the next day, after sobering …
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  6. Scrabble, Persnicketiness, and the 5-Second Rule

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    October 18, 2016 by libroshombre

    I can always start an argument with my wife by playing Scrabble with her. She’s a strict constructionist in English …
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  7. Skimming, Scanning, and Illiteracy

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    August 22, 2016 by libroshombre

      The French started using the term “desperer: to be dismayed, lose hope, despair” in the 1300s, an especially horrible …
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  8. Obnubilate Zinio, Y’all

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    June 7, 2016 by libroshombre

      The words from TheAtlantic.com fell on my ears like manna in the desert: “How y’all doing? A greeting as …
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  9. Rudeness, Cakewalks, and Library Fines

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    April 13, 2016 by libroshombre

      This era of political and cultural rudeness is certainly nothing new. In the latter 1600s French philosopher Jean de …
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  10. Grammar, Style, and Nonpologies,

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    March 13, 2016 by libroshombre

      “Many English speakers cannot understand basic grammar” was the headline of a ScienceDailyNews.com article several years ago citing research …
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