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Alternate Spellings and Heart-Stopping Moments

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Every editor’s nightmare is this: finding a spelling error in the printed publication of the manuscript you just edited after the fact. It is devastating. Finding an error at this point in the process can undermine your self-worth to the nth degree.   I know this is an occupational hazard: missing things. I know we need to "step away from the book” at some point and accept the inevitable...

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The "Is, Is" Phenomenon

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For a while I thought I was hearing things. The sounds came and went so fast, it was impossible to confirm them with the naked ear. But yes, with closer attention, I proved myself right. A new form of “is, is” has arisen in everyday speech, and it is clearly here to stay.   The new “is, is” is far different from, for example, the grammatical use of...

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Musings on "The Queen's English"

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Greetings from London, everyone! For the past eleven days I have been having quite a time exploring and learning about this amazing, historical, and culture-rich city. I've been all over, from Hyde Park to Greenwich, from Camden Town to Southbank, and so many places in between. It's been a whirlwind of a trip so far. All the while, I've been keeping my ears and eyes open for...

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The Evolution of English and the Joy of Language

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I have a 2-year-old son, and every day I find joy in the way he makes meaning of his world through words. Often I am just so pleased that he’s managed to express himself with words, rather than tantrums, that I don’t bother to try to turn his heartfelt statements into “proper English. ”   I remember quite distinctly one of his first complete sentences. It was a dreary day...

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