Since I screwed up and used the NotWord morphed in my posting yesterday, I’ve created a new category wherein common and acceptable English words get bastardized into forms and meanings never originally intended.Â In short, toÂ employ a NotWordÂ (which has been now joined by new category), these words have been morphed.Â Hence the name for my […]
There I go–I used a NotWord.Â I don’t believe morph is a verb, though the dictionary folk may have added it.Â Naughty me. The word I’m really writing about, however, is [tag]charisma[/tag], which is being bandied and thrown about a lot now that [tag]Barack Obama[/tag] is running for president. What exactly does the word mean?
Check out my English Resources section for a fine article discussing not only the passive voice, but also the use of adjectives and adverbs.Â Our thanks to Paul Docherty for this useful resource.
In the English classes I’ve taught, and there have been many of them over the years, students have generally struggled over the English usage of [tag]the passive voice[/tag].Â If, say, I write an active sentence on the board and ask the class to turn it into the passive voice, what I’ll usually get is a […]
An analysis over the weekend in the Los Angeles TimesÂ lamented the reality that demand for stories about [tag]Anna Nicole Smith[/tag]’s death on its Web siteÂ prompted print edition editors to give the story front-page treatment the next day. James Rainey, the writer, saw a similar feeding frenzy across the media spectrum–from print to radio to TV […]
English is not a romance language, meaning its roots aren’t in ancient Rome, but our traditions still date back to the days of Caesar et al. Take [tag]Valentine’s Day[/tag]. Despite its naming after Catholic saints (which one is hard to say, for two or more are candidates), Valentine’s Day may have its roots in Lupercalia, […]
An outfit called AGLOCO (A Global Community) will pay you to surf the Internet and will also pay you for those you sign up or refer, down to four levels below you.Â This is classic multilevel marketing. All you have to do is install an innocuous [tag]AGLOCO[/tag] toolbar on your browser and use it to […]
Okay, the headline/title sounds promising, doesn’t it? What I’m referring to here are the three parts of a well written piece, and I know this is going to sound rather mundane, but they are–the introduction, body and conclusion. The point of success comes in how the writer approaches these elements, and that’s why you should […]
Okay, the saying “24/7” is not technically a word, but it still qualifies as a [tag]Notword [/tag]since it has become both uniquitous and meaningless.Â To wit: During the local morning sports talk radio program, a listener called in and toldÂ the host how great he was because he talked about football “24/7.” Now, what exactly did […]
In preparation for the 2008 Olympics being hosted there, [tag]Beijing[/tag] officials have decided to eradicate bad English translations from public venues, including "Deformed Man" for handicapped restrooms and "Show Mercy to the Slender Grass," reports the Wall Street Journal. For the next eight months, teams of linguistic monitors will scour the city’s nooks and crannies […]