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What is an epicenter? Maybe not what you think.

There are a lot of words and phrases that get overused (or used incorrectly) especially in the media or in casual conversation. One that catches my attention every time isĀ epicenter. You’ve heard it or read it: when something is momentous, … Continue reading

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If a pyramid has rungs, does a ladder have steps?

A brief post, simply to scratch a linguistic itch. Gliding very gently into first place as the worst mixed metaphor of the week is: “You’re the lowest rung on the pyramid.” As bad mixed metaphors go this is pretty tame, … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Teaching Fiction

There’s a quote, widely attributed to Mark Twain, which suggests that on the scale of relative falsehood, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, each worse than the last. This concept was brought to mind recently during a writing discussion, … Continue reading

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