Category Archives: Language

Aviation English, a guest post by Brenda Shelton

Aviation English The most common bridge language in the world is English. Whether the implemented communication is online, in business, or soaring above ground through the friendly skies, English is the chosen language of use and connection. After the end … Continue reading

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Ashland at the AWP

Several literary Ashlanders attended the Association of Writers & Writing Program meeting in Seattle, February 26 – March 1, 2014. Here are their six-word summaries. Angela Howe Decker, author of Splendid Catastrophe: “Hordes of writers talking, reading, hip-hopping.” Amy MacLennan, … Continue reading

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In Praise of Copyeditors

I’m finishing up responding to a copyeditor’s suggestions and queries for a book on the language of public apologies. In an earlier post, I mentioned errors Jennifer Marcellus found in the early drafts of the manuscript. This post is about … Continue reading

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Words from the Scrabble app

I went to a Scrabble party recently and a colleague sold me on the virtues of the online Scrabble ap. In the margin of the game board, Hasbro gives you all the acceptable two-letter words (from AE to CH, JO, … Continue reading

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MY YEAR OF NEW WORDS, Part 11: WORDS THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT

As the year wound down, I had two choices. Continue making up words indefinitely or stop and retain my sanity. I choose to stop. But I found that I had some spare words left over—and I had a small pile … Continue reading

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Epicene Third Person Singular Pronouns a guest post by Rio J. Picollo

Epicene Third Person Singular Pronouns by Rio J. Picollo Rio Picollo is an English major at Southern Oregon University. She enjoys reading, juggling, and worrying about future career prospects. Over the last few decades, a reform movement has been underway … Continue reading

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The Secret Languages of English, a guest post by Kristy Evans

The Secret Languages of English Many Americans, particularly those of a younger generation and vernacular, have most likely at one time or another learned or at least heard an alteration of the English language that was used for the purpose … Continue reading

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The Arguments of Jonathan Swift, a guest post by Cat Seaton

It’s the End of the Term So This Paper is 100% Sassafras Or, The Arguments of Jonathan Swift: Or, More Aptly: Jon Swift Claims to Care about English but is Actually Just Asking for Money Swift is a clever man. … Continue reading

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MY YEAR OF NEW WORDS, PART 7: NYMS

April is both a personal name and the name of a month. It’s a homonym (a word with two meanings) and nyms are the theme for this post. We’ve got synonyms, acronyms, homonyms (and homophones—which sound alike but spell differently, … Continue reading

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QUIET WEEK or DEAD WEEK?

It’s QUIET WEEK on my campus—the week before finals, when students are hopefully finishing projects, preparing for exams, and writing papers. The idea of QUIET WEEK is to transition gently into finals exams, with instructors not making any last minute … Continue reading

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