Monthly Archives: January 2018


Nonstandard English Explorations Part II

Nonstandard English Explorations Part II

  Welcome to the second post in the series! See Part I here. Hello everyone! I’m starting a new thing where I talk about examples of Nonstandard English because I always find it interesting to see how people speak in areas that I’m not as familiar with. Quick reminder: I am definitely of the belief that Nonstandard English is just as valid as Standard English and no part of this post is meant to demean different uses of language. These examples come from one of my old textbooks for the class Introduction to the Study […]

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Nonstandard English Explorations Part I

Nonstandard English Explorations Part I

  Hello everyone! I’m starting a new thing where I talk about examples of Nonstandard English because I always find it interesting to see how people speak in areas that I’m not as familiar with. Quick reminder: I am definitely of the belief that Nonstandard English is just as valid as Standard English and no part of this post is meant to demean different uses of language. These examples come from one of my old textbooks for the class Introduction to the Study of Languages. It is called How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by […]

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Book Review: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

Book Review: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth

With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out, he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: “Why is English spelling so difficult?” Or “Why are good spellers so proud of their achievement that when they see a misspelling they condemn the writer as sloppy, lazy, or uneducated?” In thirty-seven short, engaging and informative chapters, Crystal takes readers on a history of English spelling, starting with the Roman missionaries’ sixth century introduction of the Roman alphabet and ending with where the language might be going.

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Vocabulary Quizzes

Vocabulary Quizzes

  I’ve done a post on grammar quizzes before, but another one of my favourite things is vocabulary. To be fair, a lot of the more unusual vocabulary is not used or recognised all that often. (Or ever.) But it is always interesting to find out words for things you’ve never considered before, and sometimes they may come in handy. That’s one of the reasons I love reading book. If I know an unusual word from a book, I will always remember exactly which book it’s from, the context, and about when I first read […]

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Happy New Year! 2018

Happy New Year! 2018

Happy New Year everyone! As tradition dictates, I’m going to start off the new year with some resolutions. 1. Read more. I used to average 100 books a year but these past two years have been much worse with only about 65! 2. Get more editing work/experience. I have a number of ways I could do this. 3. Move to NYC to have more opportunities in the publishing industry. 4. Start working on getting my certificate in editing. 5. Review more books, especially nonfiction. I also want to write more essays on film and TV. […]

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