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#WordUse Series: These Are a Few of My Favorite Words

There are words and then there are … favorite words. Like, you know, cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, these are a few of my favorite— You have favorite words, don’t you? I do. Again, I don’t mean favorite phrases, like Awesome, dude. (Although I do love the phrase clotted cream, as you must surely know by now. I’ve worked […]

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#WordUse Series: Lexicon Love

It’s not very often I’m stumped by which word to use—and frankly I kinda enjoy it when I am—but I came across a sentence in a manuscript the other day and had a little lexicological tizzy. Here’s what I read. It was a story about an old man telling the events of his life. He had […]

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Is That a Smirk on Your Face, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Here’s a word that gets misused a lot, at least in the manuscripts I’ve seen in recent years. (And not just misused—overused.) Smirk. It can be a noun or a verb. But no matter how it gets used, I think some writers are missing the fine nuances in smirk, the subtleties that distinguish it from, […]

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Craft and Creativity (An Update*)

Yep, I’m still working on summer update posts. It’s a great way to feature some really smart articles, draw attention to some of my older posts, and take just a little blog break—even though I truly enjoy researching and writing original content. It’s a creative outlet for me. Editing is creative work, of course, but […]

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Not All Dictionaries Are Created Equal

If you’ve been coming ’round here for awhile, you know I have a thing for the dictionary. There’s, like, so much information in such a small space! It’s so efficient! And it contains all the building blocks for my work in one place! Aaaah. But the dictionary’s a relatively new development, considering humankind has been […]

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Lexicon Love

It’s not very often I’m stumped by which word to use—and frankly I love it when I am—but I came across a sentence in a manuscript the other day and had a little lexicological tizzy. Here’s what I read. It was a story about an old man telling the events of his life. He had […]

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Words

There are words and then there are … favorite words. Like, you know, cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, these are a few of my favorite— You have favorite words, don’t you? I do. Again, I don’t mean favorite phrases, like Awesome, dude. (Although I do love the phrase clotted cream, as you must surely […]

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All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Thing Shall Be Well*

Teachers—and editors—get out the red pen when we see the same word used several times in the same paragraph (even somewhere on the same page). Most writers don’t realize they’re doing it—they’re just trying to get the words down. But after you’ve gotten the words down in that quick first draft, you should do another […]

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Is That a Smirk on Your Face, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Here’s a word that gets misused a lot, at least in the manuscripts I’ve seen in recent years. Smirk. It can be a noun or a verb. But no matter how it gets used, I think some writers are missing the fine nuances in smirk, the subtleties that distinguish it from, say, smile. Or grin. […]

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This Is Your Brain, Aging

Newsweek recently had an article about the aging brain. Some of the news is as bad as you might imagine: reasoning ability peaks at about age twenty-eight (only 6 percent of top scorers are in their fifties, and only 4 percent are in their sixties). Now, I tell people all the time that I’m still […]

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