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  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:29am
    Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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    Labor Day 2014 Wordoku: WORKMATES

    Last day to camp or boat, first day to indulge in pumpkin spice lattes, end of the summer season, beginning of the fall semester, a celebration of industry, a day of rest -- no matter what it means to you, Labor Day weekend is upon us here in the U.S.

    Many of my fellow freelancers will join me in making it another working weekend. Others will join our office-dwelling mates in the enjoyment of a long holiday weekend. Whichever your schedule allows this year, take a moment to reflect on projects well done, to treasure colleagues well met, and to appreciate the sometimes anonymous workers in both familiar and unfamiliar industries that keep our world moving forward.

    To correctly solve our Labor Day Wordoku, make...

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  • Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:17am
    Mark Allen
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    Grammar Girl Adds 'Professor' to Her Resume

    Mignon Fogarty has given millions of people greater confidence in their ability to follow the confusing conventions of our language. To do that, she became a pioneer in podcasting, built the Quick and Dirty Tips empire, and developed a successful brand as Grammar Girl.

    Now, she’ll give some of that confidence to college journalism students. Fogarty started this week as the Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship at the Reynolds School of Journalism and Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

    “I taught my first class Monday and the students were great,” she said in an email. “After working from home for many years, I'm also enjoying having colleagues I see in person.”...

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  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:20am
    Mark Allen
    1
    It Makes Some Tremble, but Temblor is a Fine Word

    The 6.0 earthquake that hit the Napa Valley and destroyed some barrels of wine had a predictable aftereffect: the trotting out of the uncommon word temblor. Temblor is the favorite second-reference word among journalists for earthquake, and it seems to have little utility elsewhere.

    I tweeted this bit of advice on the word, which is sometimes rendered incorrectly as tremblor (both tremble and temblor trace their roots to the Latin tremulus). 

    Temblor means earthquake. It’s Spanish (temblor de tierra) for tremble or shake. Tremblor is a variant that’s best avoided.

    To this, linguist Neal Whitman...

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  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:25am
    Erin Brenner
    1
    08/28/14 News Roundup: Words, Old and New

    Etymological fallacies, colorful phrases, and new words: all in today’s News Roundup.

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