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Stationary stationery, revisited

One means not moving. The other is something you write on. I’ve discussed these words before (close to two years ago). But before this week, this was an error that didn’t worry me much. I know the difference and I’m … Continue reading

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When is a dwarf not a dwarf?

Recently, I saw a trailer for the soon-to-be-released second part of Peter Jackson’s epic film interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It got me thinking about a story I’d once heard about the word dwarf and its plural forms. Research … Continue reading

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Your problem might be systemic, but it’s probably not systematic.

Systemic or systematic? Do you know the distinction? This is one of those situations where a writer (or editor) with just a little less knowledge than the situation requires can easily make a mistake and assume that one word is … Continue reading

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Should we bury this “lede?”

[Note: This post was published on November 23rd, but apparently some error caused it to return to draft status. It should now be properly visible.] Late in this year’s election cycle, I came across an article that used a strange … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of…something between black and white

If you haven’t at least heard of Fifty Shades of Grey by now, you’ve got a pretty secure bunker. If the concept of an Internet meme hadn’t already existed, this book might have spawned it. I have no opinion on … Continue reading

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