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A Movie to ‘C’?

I haven’t decided whether I want to see a movie today or not. It has been a while since I have seen one, and there isn’t a great deal out there that appeals to me from the write-ups. I went to a movie site that lists local theater showtimes, and...
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Hold the S, Please!

Apparently, there are still some people who have managed to dodge news that this Saturday night is the time to adjust your clocks forward one hour. Daylight Saving Time hits a few weeks early this year. And with that schedule change comes the same old grammar problem. Remember: hold the...
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They Don’t ‘Like’ It

Some group attempting to promote itself as authorities on English are circulating fliers urging regular Joes out there to remove the extraneous word, "like" from their speech. Another one depicts a young man who says he was in what appeared to be a perfect relationship until he told his beloved,...
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Drowned Alive?

It's time for a grammar gripe. Magician David Blaine appeared in an ABC special during which he attempted to break a record for holding one's breath under water. His goal: nine minutes. His accomplishment: slightly more than seven minutes. I didn't see the show, but I did see its unfortunate...
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It Has Nothing to Do With Loving Astronomy

I once was reading something that a friend wrote, and came across a phrase that made me laugh. She had written a piece of dialog in which one character accuses another of being "star-craving mad." I suppose the image the character must have had in mind was someone who ran...
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A Baby What?

I've been meaning to hit on the subject of the endless fascination with celebrity pregnancies. But One Bob beat me to it. I see headlines all the time when I'm standing in line at the grocery store referring to Hollywood's finest showing off their "baby bumps." I'd love to know...
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The Savings Controversy

Mrs. B, the resident grammar expert over at Newsblues, has changed her mind about the seasonal resetting of clocks. For years, she has argued that it should be "Daylight Saving Time" and has fought all efforts to add an s at the end of Saving. But she says that after...
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Make it Plural!

Since this blog is primarily about writing, I thought it would be the perfect place to mention this little factoid about the special occasion that falls on April 1st. April Fools' Day traces its roots to sixteenth century France, when New Year's Day was on April 1st and the start...
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Which is Right?

Here are some pairs of words that are often confused. If you've ever written about someone facing a "nerve-wracking" experience or someone who's gotten his "just desserts," (and I've written both!) then you may be interested in these: AVERT/AVOID - Avert means to prevent or turn away from something. Avoid...
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