Tag Archives: humor

How to Write Good

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities   A friend sent this along recently, and it’s worth a look (and maybe a laugh). Advertisements

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Descriptivism Versus Prescriptivism

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities This sounds more like the wars the erupt between descriptivists and prescriptivists to me: 4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, … Continue reading

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What Are They Trying to Say?

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever and Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities First Night activities are a great way to spend New Year’s Eve without alcohol, but I’m not sure that having the First … Continue reading

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Call the Police!!!!

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever I’m of the opinion that one problem with using too many exclamation points is that it doesn’t work–the intended excitement is turned into melodrama. I wasn’t aware of this … Continue reading

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Tween a Rock and a Made-Up Word

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever Using overly trendy language can lead to all sorts of problems, such as lengthy conversations and  strained relationships. To make my point, here is a hypothetical conversation between a … Continue reading

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Off Topic: How to Use Snow to Your Advantage

By  Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities This is completely off-topic, but since so many of us have had to deal with more snow than we may like, I’m here to help. Use snow as an … Continue reading

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Trite Trophy Winner 2010: At The End of The Day

Gene Collier, a sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, has awarded the “Trite Trophy” to a deserving sports cliche for the past 27 years. In the column, he mocks commonly used sports phrases and mixed cliches in what has … Continue reading

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