The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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Real words: anatidaephobia

“Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching you. Not attacking or touching, just watching you …” The word first appeared in a…

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5 Rules to Remember

1. Money can’t by happiness, but it can make misery a lot more comfortable. 2, Forgive your enemies, but remember the bastards’ names. 3. Help someone when they’re in trouble…

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Using two words instead of one

Benjamin Dreyer has compiled a list of redundancies, surplus words to delete from your writing where you’ve used two words when one would do. Some are rather arcane (the word…

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12 Odd Idioms

Some years ago, a German friend – who speaks very good English – was visiting New Zealand and boarded a tour bus. The driver called, “How ya going?” to which…

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Remember the rules!

I before E except after C … … or when your foreign neighbour Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. WEIRD!

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Classic Literature as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

A Christmas Carol: You will become better acquainted with a coworker. Frankenstein: A friend is a present you give yourself. Metamorphosis: A dream you have will finally come true. More…

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Kicking whales and waving dead chickens

The Jargon File, also known as The New Hacker’s Dictionary, is a window into a golden age of computing. I still have a copy the latter (a third edition), and…

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Submission Guidelines

A friend is currently going through this miserable process, so I thought I’d help out … 😉

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William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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