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Word of the Every So Often

December 14, 2018 

albedo:  (noun)  the light reflected off a surface, usually that of a planet or moon, measured on a scale of zero to one, zero being completely non-reflective (such as black), and one being completely reflective (such as a mirror).  Sir, we're going to have to ask you to put on your hat.  The albedo off of your head is disturbing the other fans.

 

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Quick Rule:  Exclamation Points

You do not use exclamation points in formal writing.  First, they indicate bias.  But mostly, if your words are not doing the exclaiming on their own, then punctuation is probably not going to help.  It’s a bit like putting “lol” after something that you think is funny.  If it’s not funny, that’s probably not going to help.  And wouldn’t you hate for your initials to be “LOL”?

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Word of the Every So Often

importune:  (verb)  to just keep asking and asking and asking when you know already that the answer is “No” and it’s always going to be “No.”  He importuned her for a date, but she considered him rather smarmy, and wished instead that he would step in front of a bus.

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