Category Archives: language (vocabulary, usage); language in the abstract as it pertains to writing

the ABUSE of bad words

      Pee. Shit. Fart. Fuck. I recently went to a doctor for a checkup. He asked me how frequently I urinated. He cautioned me, “Don’t drink water in the evening and before you go to bed. If you … Continue reading

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vocabulary redux

      People have told me over the years, many times, that I have an excellent vocabulary. I never stop looking up words. Here are some ones I have recently looked up. They are all from my reading. Some … Continue reading

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the effervescent (sometimes typographically challenged) pedant

    I am blessed to come from a family that is very verbal, that delights in oral and written exchanges and expression and in word play. It seems as if they always put things just right, and often they … Continue reading

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“her” instead of “him”; Ms.; and what else?

    The reflections of mine which follow concern a point of grammar that bothers me. The usage which I object to occurred in the following article which I was reading on Monday.   “Casualties of the Cashless Society: Those … Continue reading

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Mozart, Alexander L. Lipson, and Russian 1 with Professor Gribble

    On Thursday, November 16, 2017, I heard a performance at Carnegie Hall of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428 by the Tetzlaff Quartet. Mozart’s K. 428 is one of his Haydn Quartets, a set … Continue reading

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will “ladies and gentlemen” go the way of the dodo?

      The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is replacing the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” in announcements with gender-neutral words in an effort to be more inclusive. Instead you’ll likely hear, “Good morning, everyone,” or, “Hello, passengers.” It’s just one of … Continue reading

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Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer

      Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer By Roger W. Smith     The following are some exchanges about VOCABULARY (no less) that I have had recently, via email, … Continue reading

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