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Misspoken Identity

I watched an hour of cable television news recently, and that means two things: 1) The only newsworthy items in the world were what Senators Clinton and Obama think of each other and what issues Senator McCain was flip-flopping on that … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry If I Offended Anyone

I have one piece of advice to all would-be apologists out there: If you’re not sorry, then don’t apologize! I am tired of hearing the standard non-apology of I’m sorry if I offended anyone. Apologies are not conditional upon whether … Continue reading

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Time to Run Down Run Up

There are myriad reasons for objecting to the war in Iraq, and I will focus on the least important of all–the now-obsessive use of the term run up. Ever since that war was merely in the planning stage, the phrases run … Continue reading

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Languageandgrammar.com Endorses…

Endorsements are now more popular than fruit flies at a blackened banana convention, and now that the DailyKos.com has officially endorsed Barack Obama, supporters of languageandgrammar.com have been clamoring for our endorsement. With that in mind, languageandgrammar.com officially endorses SpongeBob … Continue reading

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Candidates Lash Out

I know what you may be thinking by now: I thought this was a language and grammar blog, but it’s more like a language, grammar, and politics blog! That’s not true. In fact, there is no truth to the rumor that we at … Continue reading

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Values Voters

Certain parts of the media–and by that I mean nearly every part of the media–have started to refer to the part of the electorate who supports candidates based mainly on Christian religious beliefs (in this case, those who support Governor … Continue reading

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Subtle Sexism

Obvious displays of bias are often less dangerous than subtle displays, just as it’s better to know that your co-worker is actively campaigning for your job than it is to find out that there’s a microphone under your post-it notes. … Continue reading

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Symbolism of Patriotism

There are many ways to communicate, and our word choice is just one way. We also use non-verbal communication, such as body language, and a good old-fashioned eye roll says more than most of our sentences possibly could. Symbolism is another effective communication tool, … Continue reading

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Democrat Party

A politician’s image is as finely crafted as a pink flamingo made of hand-blown glass, so when something is repeated by a politician or a political party, there can be no question that it’s being done for a reason. There … Continue reading

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Credibility Gap

When the way a word is used is changed, it has been changed for a reason. Sometimes it’s the actual definition of the word that changes, such as the word issue. I talk about this in the book, and since it’s not … Continue reading

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