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Greetings and Salutations: Endangered Species – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Greetings and Salutations: Endangered Species – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
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The Digital Epidemic of Random Midsentence Capitalization

The Digital Epidemic of Random Midsentence Capitalization | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
A recent (excellent) piece on Sean Hannity’s integrity (LOL) that ran on Slate contained the following sentences: “Whether or not Hannity is a journal
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The Mysterious History of the Ellipsis, From Medieval Subpuncting to Irrational Numbers

The Mysterious History of the Ellipsis, From Medieval Subpuncting to Irrational Numbers | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
The punctuation mark of the ellipsis is perhaps the most unusual mark in the English language, for punctuation marks are designed to convey meaning by
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Scholars Talk Writing: Steven Pinker

Scholars Talk Writing: Steven Pinker | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
"Good prose requires dedication to the craft of writing, and our profession simply doesn’t reward it."
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Where does swearing get its power – and how should we use it? — Rebecca Roache — Aeon Essays

What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here?
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On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung - The Los Angeles Review of Books

On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung - The Los Angeles Review of Books | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
The first time you hear your beloved 10-year-old say motherfucker: well, on that day something changes. Why does it disturb us so?
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Why Is Academic Writing So Needlessly Complex?

Why Is Academic Writing So Needlessly Complex? | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
A new movement strives for simplicity.
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Nothing new here.

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What singles want: Survey looks at attraction, turnoffs

What singles want: Survey looks at attraction, turnoffs | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
What are the must-haves today's singles want in a potential date or partner? And what would cause someone to cancel a date?
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Wanna date? Get your grammar straight.

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Stuff Happens, And The Way We Talk About It Matters

Stuff Happens, And The Way We Talk About It Matters | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
Language is powerful: The same event can be described in a variety of ways, each of which conveys subtly different information and affects what we come to believe, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.
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Wittgenstein Explains Why We Always Misunderstand One Another on the Internet

Wittgenstein Explains Why We Always Misunderstand One Another on the Internet | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
The best class I took in college was on the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Until that point, I had avoided philosophy of language as simply being too esoteric and hermetic to be of use. David Pears, a prodigious yet modest and approachable figure visiting from Oxford, changed my mind. In large...
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Everything Is Problematic, University Guide Explains

Everything Is Problematic, University Guide Explains | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
New frontiers in linguistic p.c.
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Is this even possible?

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The Hidden Connection Between Morality and Language - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

The Hidden Connection Between Morality and Language - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
Tragedy can strike us any time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the best of it. When Frank’s dog was struck and killed by…
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What Were Blogs?

What Were Blogs? | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
The demise of Gawker.com also marks the end of the utopian promise of blogging. Here's what killed them.
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Humans need to swear. But are we wearing out obscenities?

Humans need to swear. But are we wearing out obscenities? | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
Swear words sink deep emotional roots in our brains. When words develop duelling meanings, the bad stuff almost always wins out.
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Professors Assign Students to Post to BuzzFeed. You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next.

Professors Assign Students to Post to BuzzFeed. You’ll Never Believe What Happens Next. | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
The approach, in use in a variety of subjects, is said to engage students in new ways and allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the material.
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Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine

Who Pays Writers? | Dissent Magazine | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
For writers, economic freedom is tantamount to artistic freedom. At its height, the U.S. welfare state played a key part in redistributing those freedoms.
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Why story is used to explain symphonies and sport matches alike by Philip Ball — Aeon

We use neat stories to explain everything from sports matches to symphonies. Is it time to leave the nursery of the mind?
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Not just words matter, so do stories.

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My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk."
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Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation review – hissy fits about apostrophes

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation review – hissy fits about apostrophes | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
Is a full stop really worth four commas? And should everybody avoid the semi-colon? This book from the popular linguist David Crystal will amuse and instruct
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amuse and instruct- novel concept

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The dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson – Aeon

The dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson – Aeon | Words Schmerds | Scoop.it
Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?
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Briefly

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EVERYONE knows that texting and tweeting are ruining the kids’ writing.Or are they? Getting things into 140 characters might be teaching young writers one of the...
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As always, quality vs. quantity

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Quote Unquote

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A sentence goes viral—why?Quinn Dombrowski, The Library, 2010. Image via FlickrI recently discovered that a sentence of mine, written many years ago in a book that had enjoyed some critical praise but disappointing sales, had gone viral.I suppose I google myself about as often as any writer does, and I hope not more often, but... Read More »
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Proof of effective writing?

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