Gimbling in the Wabe – Say It Ain’t So

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With all that’s happening in the world today, with everything that deserves attention and activism, this diatribe of mine may seem trite. But dang it, you don’t get a tetanus shot because you plan to step on rusty nails, you get it because you never know when you might get scratched by one. So I’m [….]

LitStack Rec: Pictorial Cooking

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The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary (Second Edition, Oxford University Press) This week’s recommendation is obviously not a book for reading, but it is a book every writer should have. The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary is an essential reference that is indispensable for writers, a guide to the exact names of things when “thingy,” won’t do. [….]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler A Marian Wood Book Release Date:  May 30, 2013 ISBN 978-0-399-16209-1 Patience is a virtue that one needs when reading Karen Joy Fowler‘s newest book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, at least at the onset.  The narrator does warn us – right off the bat [….]

Phrases You Should Be Using (Link)

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From Salon.com: Language is an epochal marker of sorts; particular words and phrases document a time’s zeitgeist for future retrospection. Over in Europe, this was most recently illustrated by Germany’s move to honor the chaos of this moment by enshrining the word “shitstorm” in the annals of etymology. Considering the Category 5 shitstorm now brewing [….]

18 Obsolete Words, Which Never Should Have Gone Out of Style

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From Death and Taxes Mag: Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely. Here are 18 uncommon or obsolete words that we think may have died early. We found them in two places: a [….]