Following on with what’s shaping up to be our educationally themed week, let’s turn out thoughts to writing.
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One of the news articles from this week read:
In 2010, the National Governors . . . → Read More: WWWW – Wibbly-Wobbly Words on Wednesday
Peter Craven in a recent article said:
Take Slipper, the tainted sacrificial victim. His private SMS about vaginas and shell-less mussels is so intimately familiar to everyone that the wonder is not that it was uttered, or even texted, but that anyone could be blown out of the water by such a commonplace of sexist . . . → Read More: Putting the boot into Slipper
I hate weasel words with a passion. They are always used to disguise the truth in one way or another, usually to make it sound far more palatable than it really is. They are used by those who are supposed to work for us (governments and their agencies) by businesses, by students and by churches.
. . . → Read More: Pop goes the weasel
I’ve learned something about myself recently: I am a really, really good writer. But (there’s always a but) only when I feel uncontrollably passionate about my subject (or when I’m doing corporate writing but that doesn’t really count). Basically, I can wordsmith like nobody’s business but only if I am seriously angry or rapturously moved . . . → Read More: On the art of writing
One of the comments I made on Pokey’s post yesterday was in reference to being called “boy”, and how the would be offensive to African Americans due to the connotations of slavery.
This wasn’t an theoretical example – it happened live on Australian television in the late 70s, when Bert Newton made the mistake of . . . → Read More: What they say vs. what we hear
During the recent Olympics and Paralympics, my ears were constantly assailed by something that I find annoying, offensive and denigrating: commentators referring to the female athletes as girls. For the most part, these athletes are not girls, they are women. Sure, if they’re under the age of 18, I think it’s fair enough to call . . . → Read More: I am not a girl
Tigrella swore, heartily, as she fumbled to free her sword from its scabbard. The magical blade was usually quick to spring to her hand at call, but some unseen force, no doubt related to the unseen creature stalking her, had dampened its powers.
On her other arm, the shield clanged noisily against the stone wall . . . → Read More: Magical Monsters on Monday
This is a warning sign:
Most of us will look at the sign and immediately know that it’s warning us about a railway crossing. Even the smallest child could probably tell us that. But why would we put up such a sign?
It’s been many years since steam engines were routinely used for passenger . . . → Read More: MMM – Misleading Marks on Monday
Twitter, the source of all twits, did a hashtag on ugly baby names.
According to the brain trust that is the Twitterverse, these are 50 of the ugliest baby names out there:
Alan, Arthur, Barry, Bertha, Betty, Beverly, Billy, Blue ivy, Bruce, Chauncey, Cheryl, Clarence Dolores, Dorcas, Dreshawn, Edna, Edward, Elmer, Gene, Gertrude, Gretel, Gunther, . . . → Read More: What’s in a name?
D1 was looking at her youngest (seven years old) son’s spelling list, for which he had an upcoming test. He had copied the list from the blackboard but then ruled out ‘quokka’ and replaced it with ‘kwokka’.
D1 – You’ve spelt quokka incorrectly, why did you change it?
GS3 – The teacher had it . . . → Read More: Those Kwirky Kwokkas