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Spelling Fun!

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Check out this daily spelling quiz from Webster’s. This could be one of those addictive, time-consuming games . . . so it’s probably best it is limited to three words a day. Enjoy!

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Any Way You Slice It, I Want My Cake

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The beauty in language is its depth and mystery. There is always something new to learn about word origins, proper word usage, and correct pronunciation. I love it! Even so, sometimes these discoveries take me by such surprise that I feel a little scammed—how is it that I’ve gone for…

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Do writing disfluencies exist?

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Every few weeks I sift through the NPR podcasts; I always find an interesting array of interviews and news programs that give much to ponder. One I recently stumbled upon was an interview of author Michael Erard for his recent release, Um . . . Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders,…

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A bit of language psychology

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Michael Erard is a journalist and linguist specialist who was recently interviewed by NPR on their Science Out of the Box program to discuss his recent book, Um . . . : Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. During the interview, Mr. Erard explains that as we…

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Heart-to-heart at a tea party

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Last Christmas I gave the women in my family (plus a few friends) a variation on the jar journal. The jar journal concept is to pull preprinted question slips from a jar, paste it in your journal, and write, write, write! So I purchased pretty journals and pens, created explanation…

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