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Officially underwater: Nanowrimo update 3

Officially underwater: Nanowrimo update 3

Day: 18 Goal word count: 30,000 Word count: 25,013 Mood: Overwhelmed Prognosis: Need to sit down and write. »

Writing by the seat of my pants: Nanowrimo update 2

Writing by the seat of my pants: Nanowrimo update 2

Day: 10 Goal word count: 16,667 Current word count: 17,781 Mood: Circumspect Prognosis: I did a lot of cleaning up today, which I hope will set me up better from here on out. »

Why not just write a novel: NaNoWriMo update 1

Why not just write a novel: NaNoWriMo update 1

This year, for the first time in a few years, I’m participating in Nanowrimo. For those of you who might not know, Nanowrimo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and is (somewhat counterintuitively) an international, online community dedicated to writing novella-length pieces of prose in November. The goal: write 50,000 words. I’ve participated 5 times so far, and reac... »

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

Logophile Tuesdays – Pronoun Problems

There has recently been another kerfuffle over the complexities involved with attempting to adapt the gender-binary nature of our language to a more inclusive format. In short, someone asserted that “they” shouldn’t be used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun. Others disagreed. I fall somewhere in the middle on the linguistic debate. “They” can be and is used to refe... »

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Logophile Tuesdays: Portwomanteau

Anne brought to my attention, this week, the use of an appalling portmanteau: “womenpreneurs.” This is unclear if this is a more grievous offence to women, or language. I would argue that it is a worse crime against the latter. Regarding women, it is simply adding gender to a term that was previously fairly gender-neutral and celebrating the long tradition of reminding ladies that prof... »

Logophile Tuesday – Verbal Irony

Logophile Tuesday – Verbal Irony

Perhaps my favorite form of wordplay is clever verbal irony. That is, simple phrases that are internally contradictory in delightfully evocative ways. Douglas Adams introduced me to the joy of this in the »

Logophile Tuesday – Contronyms

Logophile Tuesday – Contronyms

A few weeks ago, I complained that “literally” had lost its original meaning and was now its own antonym. Thanks to fellow language lovers, I learned there is a word for that: contronym. A contronym is a word that is its own opposite. While I was aware of “literally,” and it annoyed me, there were many more that I had not considered. Here for your pondering pleasure, a shor... »

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Logophile Tuesday – Proofreading

Anne passed me a little poetic performance Taylor Mali that belongs in our collection of linguistic ruminations. It is a careful reflection on the impotence of proofreading. Enjoy. »

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