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In Other Words (revised)

I love words. That’s why I was an English teacher. I stressed vocabulary learning in every class I taught. “The limits of my language are the limits of my world” was one of my favorite axioms I employed in my classes. I … Continue reading

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Reading Naturally

Do you ever listen to professional speakers who are speaking as though they are reading rather than speaking naturally with natural pronunciation? Political speakers, especially those who use teleprompters, pronounce words the way words are pronounced when they are being read … Continue reading

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Creeping Crudity

Although I would not consider myself a prude, I’m very concerned about the crude language that now flows unabashedly regardless of the place or circumstances. Today’s films seem to infer that “toilet” language is the current normal language of our civilization. … Continue reading

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Go to St. James so often that I call it St. Jim

I have a friend named John who has a pet peeve. He cannot stand for someone to use the phrase, “going to the john,” meaning the bathroom. His being upset by that usage is reason for him to be confrontational … Continue reading

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My Love Affair

My friend Rick recently asked me why I blog. My response: “It is an outlet for me and gives me a great deal of satisfaction.” It isn’t that I feel a sense of self-importance but more that I am in … Continue reading

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