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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:17amMark Allen0
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.”...Read More »
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:20amMark Allen1
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...Read More »
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:25amErin Brenner0
Etymological fallacies, colorful phrases, and new words: all in today’s News Roundup.
- “Guest Post: The Lord, the Bishop, and the Harlot: An Etymological Fallacy”: The true meaning of a word is what it originally meant. Right? (A Thing About Words)
- “Mad as a Box of Frogs? Phrases That Suddenly Become Popular”: Don’t miss the memo on these colorful phrases. (About Words)
- “Adorbs New Words Added to OxfordDictionaries.com – WDYT?”: Did a millennial write that novel you’re editing? Oxford Dictionaries has a translation for you. (OxfordWords)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:20amAdrienne Montgomerie0
If you’ve been reading my columns for a while, you’ll know of my love for checklists. The Canadian Style says a checklist “will help you to cover all pertinent facets of the writing process and to meet your deadlines.”Read More »