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charles-killeen's picture
The Return of the Noodge: I've never wanted to be a noodge but the state of grammar in this country is driving me more and more in that direction. I don't know if you'd find the word noodge in your dictionary but I'll try to offer a usable definition: Noodge -- a nuisance, a nag, especially a...
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"No, no," say you. Civilization has been ending for so long that it is literally going out with a whimper and not a bang. "But it is worse than that," say I. The bang has a silencer on it. The whimper does not reach the intensity of a murmur. Civilization now literally expires with a sigh. [DE...
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Not only do I have many a quirk in spelling (such as often spelling "grammar" with the last vowel as an 'e'), I find that certain grammar mistakes are not learnable. However I acquired them, I can not seem to remember the correct way. I inevitably look them up. I will never know the difference...
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As I key, a major new library is being built a forty minute walk away from me in Halifax, Canada. It will be large and worth millions and - according to this report - well-used. Libraries have always - of course - been more than the books they contain. Today they are also an electronic centre and...
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A recent blog exploring the issue of "correctness" in language use reminded me of my graduate studies in linguistics many years ago (1960's). In  those days days, distinctions between descriptive vs. prescriptive patterns/rules and grammar vs. usage were somewhat rigorously maintained and...
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I ponder all this while I look at my pencil (real with wood and lead) which has its eraser reduced to a nub. It doesn't tempt (nor lead ) me elsewhere. Revolutionary Reading  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *   USC Bookstore sets record with tablet sales last year By FRANCESCA BESSEY...
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Which - I confess - surprises me.   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * One in Six Americans Now Use e-Reader with One in Six Likely to Purchase in Next Six Monthse-Reader users likely to both read and purchase more books than non-users These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,183...
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 How To Track Retweets & Clicks on TwitterBy Jason Boog  We recently counted more than 100,000 followers on our GalleyCat Twitter feed. While the social network is filled with thousands of spam accounts, we are proud to have connected with such an engaged and inspiring readership. To celebrate...
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 Most Popular Authors on Google+By Dianna Dilworth Last week, Google unveiled Google+, a series of social tools to create sharing networks, interactive chats and video conferences with online friends. The program is still in beta, but you can follow this linkto sign up for updates. To learn more...