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Wallflower Words: Lumpish

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Wallflower Words is a blog post series that coaxes lesser-known, often-ignored, painfully shy words away from the fringes and into the spotlight. I think best through my fingers. Typing or writing gives my brain a kick start and gets my thoughts in order. Give me a few moments and I…

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Happy National Grammar Day!

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It is my duty and privilege to spread the news that today is a national holiday—not one that is commonly observed, but still—March 4 is officially National Grammar Day. It’s a day in which grammar geeks and word nerds can rally around whatever it is they (we!) love most about…

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Wallflower Words: the ant’s pants

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You may have noticed that Wednesdays are dedicated to words here at my patch of sky. My Which Word Wednesday series that puts two words in the ring has been going strong for several years, because, really, who doesn’t love a word brawl? Although I have plenty of new word…

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Which Word Wednesday: Dressing vs Stuffing

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Today’s Which Word Wednesday is a special Thanksgiving edition, taking on turkey’s carb-alicious sidekick. Some people call it dressing. Some people call it stuffing. Most people think the term they use is the right one. Let’s dig in to this food dilemma with the definitions from The Oxford American Dictionary:…

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Raise a Cookie for National Punctuation Day

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Happy National Punctuation Day! You may be wondering why such a day even exist. Well, aside from punctuation being crucial to clear communications, punctuation marks are just downright fun. In my brain, these characters have distinct personalities. Not sure where I get that idea—maybe I saw that in some children’s…

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Which Word Wednesday Constrain vs Restrain

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Today’s Which Word Wednesday showdown is between two words, constrain and restrain, that in essence speak of control. As usual, each one comes at the idea from a slightly different nuance. And it’s always the nuance that’s tricky! Let’s kick it off in with the definitions from The Oxford American…

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Which Word Wednesday: Accept vs. Except

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For the past few summers, we’ve stayed in Boulder, Colorado, for the scenery, the running, the friends, the food, the coffee . . . I could go on and on! Anyhow, Boulder has a huge biking population. Serious athletes buzz about in packs and casual riders bike for daily transportation….

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A Week of Words: July 19–25

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Here’s a roundup of the words I’ve offered up over the past week. Just in time for your weekend reading. Enjoy! at Christ and Pop Culture CAPC Podcast #66: Music Festivals, Persecution Marketing, Bombing Spectators Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, Shopping Mauls Issue from the blog The Comfort I Need…

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