Monthly Archives: May 2012

It’s a scam! (History and origin of the word ‘scam.’)

In honor of my coming a step closer than I ever had before to falling victim of an Internet trick this week, the Friday word is: scam. Fortunately, I realized what was going on long before the point where I … Continue reading

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Correlative Conjunction-itis

One of the topics I’ve grown to enjoy teaching is parallelism. It’s also an aspect of editing that I like, because it brings a lot of bang for the buck: in terms of clarifying an author’s intent or shoring up … Continue reading

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Bucholz Brilliance

This past week I was busy reading student essays and finishing off grades for the spring term. With Mother’s Day and several personal events getting in the way, none of the many in-progress posts for this blog were finished to … Continue reading

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Until, till, ’til, and…’till?

Until, till, ’til, ’till…do you know which one doesn’t belong? Of these four words, three mean pretty much the same thing while one isn’t accepted as a proper word by most sources.

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AutoCorrect and AutoCapitalization

Among the many mixed blessings bestowed on the world by technology is the ubiquitous word processor feature known as the spellchecker. Spellcheck and it’s variants are useful assistants most of the time. AutoCorrect, for example, is a very helpful feature, … Continue reading

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