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The English language is constantly evolving, both the words we use and the rules that control the usage of those words.  Therefore, it is impossible to ever have a definitive grammar guide, or, if you will, a Complete Guide of American English.  And that’s our excuse.

 

 

Word of the Every So Often

March 21, 2019

sapient:  (adj.)  possessing or expressing great wisdom.  My cat is quite sapient, and, as she constantly reminds me, I'm not a cat.

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Research and Documentation:  How it All Works

If you're having trouble with documentation, you might find the following article both informative and entertaining: 

Research and Documentation:  How it All Works

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Friday, February 22, 2019

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Friday, February 1, 2019

A Ton of Money!

A local car dealership is advertising that they will save their customers a "ton of money."  Granted, they are more than likely using "ton" as the trite Cliché  that it is, and not literally meaning an actual "ton" (2,000 pounds US).  However, they are advertising it, and that means they could be taken literally, and some customer could, in theory, sue them for their ton of money.

But how much is a ton of money?  What denomination of money weighs the most, and therefore would be the least amount of money in a ton, and what weighs the least, and therefore would be the most?  To get our answers, we went to the Internet, and our trusty calculator.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hark! From the Tomb

"A newspaper has its faults, and plenty of them, but no matter, it's hark from the tomb for a dead nation, and don't you forget it."  (Mark Twain, in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court)

"Hark from the tomb" is a phrase originally from the hymn "Hark! from the Tombs a Doleful Sound" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), first published in 1707.  It was sung at the funeral of George Washington.

"Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound; / My ears, attend the cry; / 'Ye living men, come view the ground / Where you must shortly lie.'"  (Watts)

Twain was fond of this term, using it several novels.  Basically, it means "to scold vigorously."  (Delmobile)  Here, to paraphrase Twain, even though the media has its faults, without it, we're screwed... and don't you forget it.

 

Work Cited

Delmobile.  "Hark from the Tomb."  UE.  UsingEnglish.Com  (30 Dec. 2007):  n. pag.  Web.  30 Jan. 2019  https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/56902-Hark-from-the-tomb

Watts, Isaac.  "Hark! from the Tombs a Doleful Sound."  Music by William Tans'ur.  Hymn Time.  Hymtime.com. (2019):  n. pag.  Web.  30 Jan. 2019  http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/f/t/hfttados.htm

 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

110%

Oh, sure.  We've all heard people say they're going to give "110% percent."  But why stop there?  It's a nonsense number to begin with.  The most anybody can give is 100%, so any amount over that is just... silly.  You go ahead and give 110%, but we're going to give 115%, and if that's not good enough, we'll give 120!

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