Category: words

Top Ten Quotes from Books

Top Ten Quotes from Books

I can’t resist a good quote post. And The Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish today is Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books. So, yeah, this is happening. But the subject is a lie, really. I love quotes. I have a database of quotes from movies and tv shows and books […]

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when words toy with you

I have a fairly robust vocabulary. I’m pretty sure it’s from reading so much as a kid without any concept of “reading level.” And I love nuance in words. Maybe that comes in part from my vocabulary and maybe it’s just a part of my personality – I don’t know. But the subtle differences in […]

Nuances in what we mean and what we say

The beauty of English is that we have hundreds of thousands of words. Sometimes we have several words for almost the same thing. almost. The fun in having a large vocabulary is getting to play with nuance. The idea for this post started when I was listening to the radio. And it was a really […]

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word theory

word theory

Timothy Gray wrote an article in Variety today about bloggers and the need to distinguish between them. I was with him until about 3/4 of the way in when he started talking about words. The average English-speaker knows 10,000 to 20,000 words. And everyone has been forced to expand their vocabularies due to the massive […]

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proper English

So the Olympic Committee is banning improper English on signs for when all the Olympians and tourists show up. Prime example: “Shangri-La is in you mind, but your Buffalo is not.” I need to find ways to work that into casual conversation.

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