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Grammar/Usage Nerdery
2015-01-19 :: dave

This used to be a pretty good burn, although tempered by the fact that not every dictionary has pictures, and so there’s always been a bit of the unreal and, thus, the dismissible. When you look up basic bitch on Wikipedia there’s a picture of Ugg Boots. That’s, actually, a fact (for now). And so […]

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Grammar/Usage Nerdery
2014-12-10 :: dave

[Continued from .] Now I’m thinking of Gary Lutz and his Lishian sisters and brothers who see the sentence as the wellspring of creativity. I’m not a Lishian. Assertions about good sentences are bona fide ways to get me paralyzed from creating. But that’s not to mean I don’t like gussying up my sentences when […]

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Grammar/Usage Nerdery
2014-12-09 :: dave

[Continued from .] There’s this episode of American Dad where Francine complains to Roger about how close Stan is getting to his old bootcamp crush who has returned after some time away. Here’s Francine: Those two are stuck on each other like gum on a hot summer sidewalk on a summer afternoon. I’m sorry. I’m […]

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Grammar/Usage Nerdery
2014-12-08 :: dave

I don’t want to talk about kitsch or camp. Not anymore. Last week, I mentioned seeing the Family Guy episode where Peter and his friends track down the source of all dirty jokes. In the credits I saw it was based on a short story by Richard Matheson. A short story? And who? The episode’s […]

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Grammar/Usage Nerdery
2014-09-08 :: dave

It’s a distinction I have a hard time making. While a quick scan through recent writing projects shows I opt for should over ought, I feel I do the opposite when talking. I feel I ought to say should, but I opt mostly for ought. So I took it, as I ought’ve months ago, to […]

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