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Text is Tricksy and I am Not Kidding

Know this universal warning:  Beware of words and their meaning!  Words are tricksy.  Text is culturally malleable!

A UK associate and I exchanged email the other day.  I live in the USA.  He lives in the UK.

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Grammar Man Returns

Just when you thought it was safe to make grammatical errors again, Grammar Man has come back with a vengeance. This time, he’s not going to overlook even the smallest infraction. Well it’s possible he might but only if he’s in a good mood. Don’t think this is your cue to start making major errors, however. We’re still watching you to make sure you don’t start sentences with ‘anymore’ or asking if we know what you mean. We have prepared more examples of corrections that need to be made.

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Does the World Require the Master and Slave Dyad?

We are taught to believe everyone is created equal — but is that a hard reality or a soft myth? We are raised to confirm marriages and dedicated relationships are evenly split: 50/50 until the end of time; and the concept is pounded into us that 51/49 is discriminatory and never acceptable. We learn about the community notion how we all share in everything equally to create a proper society.

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Grammar Man

Curiously enough, I have found that since moving to Seattle I have heard far fewer people ending every other sentence with the rhetorical question, “know what I mean?” or its more irritating abbreviated form, “knamea?”. On the other hand, there have been a number of grammatical curiosities that I have noticed here. As well as these, there are some frequent errors I have noticed since my first article on this topic.

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Thoughts on International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate Day and honestly, it didn’t go quite as well as I was hoping it would. For one, I didn’t have the opportunity to really go out at all, which meant that I didn’t have much interaction with people in person. I did have a few phone calls with a few friends and of course, my brother. Some e-mail messages were sent as well, largely composed in my attempt at the pirate slang.

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Entering the Virtual World: A Friend and Enemy

by Andrea Puckett

Using the computer as a way to communicate with friends and family became second nature to me when I did my undergraduate work at Virginia Tech. Emailing was the only way that I could speak to professors that had 500 plus people in their classes. Instant Messaging became a preferred way for my roommates and I to talk with each other instead of walking into the next room and speaking with them.

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En Français, Si Vous Plâit…

There has been a lot of bashing of France and the French people, much more so in the last year or so than in recent years. While I disagree with their stance on the war in Iraq entirely and I am, understandably, distraught over the large amount of anti-Semitism that is taking place in the country, I do not feel it is right to simply dismiss the entire country and its culture.

I am extraordinarily fond of being American. I write this because many times, articles which are at all in favor of any other country are somehow misread to mean that the person does not love his own country and is told, “If you love that country so much, why don’t you go and live there?” Well, I don’t want to live in any other country because I do love living in the United States.

I would also like to cite a line from the great documentary, The Sorrow and the Pity, on the subject of France and political involvement. The documentary is amazing (perhaps why it was mentioned in the classic film Annie Hall), being about the French Resistance – or, more accurately, how little resistance there was. One man who was interviewed, being of French nationality, said (I will paraphrase as I don’t recall the translation perfectly), “Generally speaking, the French are a politically apathetic people. Once in awhile, we’ll storm the Bastille, but that’s about it.”

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