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Exploring -gate

People who keep in touch with the news will be aware that one of the odd things the media does is add the -gate suffix to stories that are controversial. 582 more words

The Thursday Three #4 (Books)

I sometimes read more than one book at a time, which often leads to confusion unless the books are extremely different in their subject matter. These are three (very different) books I’m getting through: 393 more words

Books And Authors

500 and Counting

Spread the Word by William Safire. This is the 500th book I’ve added since I started using Goodreads to track them in October 2012. It’s a collection of his columns “On Language” in the New York Times from the late 90s. 349 more words


Book Report

Time to check in on some of my grammar list reads. I have not made as much progress as I would like to be, but at least I am inching along.  434 more words

Word Play

Rupert Brooke in Space

On Newsnight tonight, Benedict Cumberbatch read out an astonishing memo. It was written to Richard Nixon in 1969, at the time of the Apollo mission to the moon. 129 more words


Hillary's E-mailgate: "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave..."

Back in the early 1980s’, HBO taped a couple of live performances of America’s “Clown Prince of Comedy”, Richard “Red” Skelton. Even though the ol’ redhead was 78 years old, he was still as sharp as a tack…and was still an absolute master of comedic timing. 1,490 more words


The Shocking Truth about "Proper" English: How Millennials are Changing our Punctuation and Grammar and What it Means to Us as Writers

Why Doesn’t Everyone Use “Proper” English?

I used to be a language snob, complete with William Safire trading card. Growing up with teacher parents who corrected my grammar made me hypersensitive to language rules. 938 more words