There’s a meme going around about unpopular words, or words that need to be banned (other than things like “Diversity” and “Evidence-based.”)
Most people can agree on banishing “moist” from our shared vocabulary, but there is another one perhaps more offensive to me:
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I have been trying to decide for months whether or not I would publish this post.
In a previous post, I named a few expressions that I don’t care for. I want to do the same here, but manyof my friends use these expressions. I don’t mean to disrespect them, so if you’re my friend, this post is not for you. I mean no disrespect, and it might just be better if you go away.
Continue reading “Phrases That Bug The Hell Out Of Me”
This is something new that trying, in effort to practice brevity. Thoughts? (These italicized words don’t count as my 10 🙂 )
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Language is an ever evolving tool of connection between humans, and making up new words is fun. I even see this happen among my homeless clients, work which normally has lot of frustrations, heartbreaks and disappointments. But the wordsmithing efforts offset the difficulties. Continue reading “Ever Make Up Your Own Words?”
148 words, and I think this may become part of something else. What do you think of the story?
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who had the chicken pox. This was one lucky boy, though, for his parents won the Doctor Drawing (as it was later called by the Wordsmiths) on the first try! He went to the clinic with his parents, and got medicine to help with the itching. A week later, he went back for a check-up
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A bit of flash fiction for flash Friday! What do you think?
“An under-sea trigger mechanism is a perfect device,” the Roknokoss leader, Laaked said to his crew. “This is an inferior species, and they are an easy prey.”
“If only the missile falls on planned spot.” Sobrona countered. “The humans have misprogrammed their system; the pod is heading in the wrong direction.”
Laaked cried, “Ah! If there were ever people desperate to be subsumed!”
“Sir, there is a way to correct it,” chimed in Rhuka, “though it will depend on the inferior humans.” “Whatever it takes,” commanded Laaked.
They watched Rhuka transmit a chirping signal to the spaceship system. As hoped, it drew attention to the error, and the humans manually overrode it.
Upon the landing of the satellite pod, the Roknokoss automatically transmitted a signal to their home ship: “Mission Accomplished. Commence bust sequence.” As the global rumble of the alien mobilization began, they were paused suddenly by Sobrona, who turned to Laaked.
“Perhaps they are not all so inferior,” he softly. “Perhaps they can be used.”
Hello friends – I’ve been sick this week. Feverish headachy hard-to-breathe nose-blowey sick. (When was the last time I slept for 15 hours? And how can one woman produce so much mucus?) I, unfortunately, have not been very active in the greater blogging community. I don’t have the usual round-up of blog posts that have inspired me some way this week.
I did, however, think about writing. How I would write, how I would get better at it and closer to that publishing ambition. I found some information on writing contest opportunities, and in lieu of my traditional Inspiration Engine, I’m going to share the links I found.
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Pop culture being what it is, there are things that cycle in and out of fashion, like clothes, music genres and verbal phrases. There are, at present, a set of phrases that should be stricken from everyday use.
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Inspiration Engine is a weekly post I do about blogs that have inspired something in my this week.
1. This post, “Good Music is Timeless” by Icepicks and Nukes. A thousand times yes. It’s kids today reacting to Nirvana. It’s awesome and reminds me of how I felt when I was that age, when I first heard Smells Like Teen Spirit or, even more powerful, Black, by Pearl Jam. One of the kids in the video said that rock has skewered into two waaay different directions right now, and not good ones. I’d had that observation, but couldn’t tell if that was just me getting old or what. It was nice to be reinforced. 🙂
2. This post, “On Sherlocking,” by Drew Chial, focuses on an exercise to one might to to improve their writing and their character development. In my ever so humble opinion, good character development is right under there with “good writing” on the list of things that makes a piece good. I appreciate this suggestion to flex those muscles.
What do you think of these post? Were there any that inspired you this week?
I am not ordinarily a grammar Nazi. Not of the spoken word, anyway. Today, however, the fragile sheet of paper which gathers collective human intelligence was threatened and I could not stand idly by.
I was with a group of people doing some site work for the approaching Renaissance Fair, and I overheard a conversation between two of my fellow volunteers. One of them, a grown man (I do use that term loosely, FYI) was counseling a 14 year old girl about her grammar. He told her… Are you ready? that “taut” and “taunt” mean the same thing.
Continue reading “Dictionary of Popular Use”