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Lemuel passed me a note recently warning of a rotten scent accumulating in the area of the Bucket.  His concerns have risen from the mere note through suggestions and up to real pleadings.   186 more words

Effects Of Two Beers

Overuse of Words

This is a subject that recently came up on Twitter. It was a fun discussion because it forces you to stop and actually be conscious of the words you use. 364 more words

Thesaurus Thursday

Dictionary Lookup in Scrivener | @ScrivenerApp #amwriting #amediting

Here’s a really short but useful tip for looking up the dictionary definition of a specific word. The tip works in Scrivener and most other OS X apps. 307 more words


Mr. W.R. Itersblock

Recently I’ve been wrapped up with work. I am a Technical Support Engineer by day and fledgling Author by night, sort of. My actual title is different than Technical Support Engineer, but this is an apt description of what I do, from Smoke Testing to Defect Testing to providing customer support. 589 more words

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Better than any dictionary: the Historical Thesaurus of the OED

Another of David Crystal’s wonderful little books jumped at me from the shelf of my local bookseller: this time it is Words in Time and Place, 468 more words


Learn a new word: Exultant


What it means: Triumphantly happy

How was it used: “Right!” I cried exultantly. “One hundred percent right. It’s not fair. The first man has poisoned the well before anybody could drink from it. 32 more words


Learn a new word: Cretin


What it means: (Offensive) A person considered to be foolish or unintelligent.

How was it used: “Heartened by the knowledge that Polly was not altogether a cretin, I began a long, patient review of all I had told her” 16 more words