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Oct.16.2008
hurdle / hurtle  You’re running like the wind, hauling tail Indian Jones-style through some busy marketplace. You’re shoving things out of the way, colliding into people, and leaping displays of merchandise with a single bound. So are you hurdling or hurtling? Answer: both. The running part can be...
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Oct.08.2008
stanch: "to stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example); to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)" — American Heritage Dictionary "see staunch" — Webster's New World College Dictionary Funny how being reared on style guides can mess you up for life. I long took as...
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Sep.19.2008
transgender One of the editors at one of the pubs I copy edit asked me to research whether it's best used as an adjective (a transgender person), a noun (Chris is a transgender), or whether it's "transgendered." Answer: oy. Webster's New World College Dictionary, which this newspaper...
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Sep.17.2008
I'm reading Truman Capote's In Cold Blood about the 1959 murder of a Kansas family. If Capote's account is to be believed (And I'm not sayin' it is. It's a great yarn, but the whole thing has a pre-James-Frey-James-Frey quality to it.), one of the murderers, Perry Smith, fancied himself a would-be...
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Jul.09.2008
RedRoom member Dennis Shay inspired this one in a blog comment. The answer's interesting enough to stand on its own as a blog entry:  Can you say "You did it good" to mean "You did it well"? Yup. Webster's New World lists good as an adverb. A synonym for well. American Heritage...