Archive for ‘Fun’

September 2, 2012

Don’t let grammar grouches harsh your buzz!

For centuries, sticklers the world over have donned the cloak of authority to control the way people use words. This book strikes back to defend the fascinating, real-life diversity of this most basic human faculty.

I’m ordering this book for some light “back-to-school” reading. Like the author, I follow the idea that communication is THE thing, not the rules, per se. I’ve written about this in earlier posts; often proper grammar usage and clear communication happily co-exist, but a powerful and effective message doesn’t always stick to the rules, nor should it, imho. (See what I did there?)

Text in context seems like a fair enough approach to me. For example, I have no problem with SMS abbreviations. They suit the medium just fine and are kinda fun as well. Don’t you agree? (I know many who don’t!)

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August 22, 2012

I’ve been accused of worse.

The G.O.D. complex.

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September 2, 2011

Lorem Ipsum 4G

This is hilarious. I love that “living in your mother’s basement” has become part of the new latin.

Journo Ipsum for the Internet Age

                             –  Nieman Journalism Lab

August 24, 2011

But “pilliwinks” sounds so cuddly. (Except it’s not.)

Chambers dictionary has been updated (thank you, Economist). One of the fun features is the  Word Lover’s Miscellany chapter. A fascinating read; my favorite section features words that we like simply because they sound good or are fun to say.

pilliwinks:  an instrument of torture for crushing the fingers

(Sounds like a writer/editor’s nightmare of a device. No illustration provided, for which we can be thankful.)

August 18, 2011

If @GuardianStyle says …

… today is International Apostrophe Day, then it must be true. Did you know there is an official Apostrophe Protection Society?

And for a special bonus, here’s a picture of Lynne Truss (author of Eats Shoots and Leaves) patrolling the streets with her magical apostrophe wand.

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August 17, 2011

Edit the world …

… let them know what grammar is. (With apologies to Bob Geldof/Midge Ure.)

So, in my quest to eradicate incomprehensible writing everywhere, I’ve signed up as a volunteer editor on Kibin. People submit all manner of files that need a quick read and using a somewhat coarse interface, editors mark up the text and submit it back with some comments to the author. It’s not a money maker … though I suppose there is some potential to eventually underwrite a grande latte at Starbucks, but that’s certainly not why I do it.

I’ve edited what was probably a 12-year-old’s project on the events leading up to Bastille day, a cover letter to a prospective employer, and a marketing pitch for a videographer … all horrendously written (well, the cover letter wasn’t too bad) and I gotta say, it’s a great feeling to absolutely know without a shred of doubt that someone somewhere will encounter a written document that isn’t a complete assault on their sensibilities. Because an editor stepped in and wrestled that hot mess into coherency. And that editor was me. And it could be you. Give it a try if you’re so inclined. It’s a spare time, just for fun kind of thing to do while you help make the written world a better place! : )

August 16, 2011

For my pals in production …

… you’ve probably heard most of these before, or at least a version of them. I certainly have, both while freelancing and also, somewhat surprisingly, from various bosses in the brick-and-mortar workplace.

Aren’t they all just so adorable … those clients from HELL!?

Click image ... better to laugh than cry!

August 7, 2011

Sorry, you’re not allowed on the Internet.

You must pass these grammar tests before being granted access.

How to keep the grammatically challenged off the Internet.

(via Happy Place from Somecards)

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August 4, 2011

I Predict Freakonomics Will …

… promote a competition on prediction. (Click the orangapple for more details.) Sounds intriguing. Too bad you have to be a US citizen to participate. I think we have our fair share of informed forecasters right up here in the rockin’ north! Why be so insular, Mr. Advanced Research Projects Activity guy?

Ca-na-da forecasters
We’re undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
Ca-na-da represent
Now put your hands up
Oooooh oh oooooh

Okay … apologies to Katy Perry. And Snoop Dogg? Call me.

August 3, 2011

Home Office Decor

I have a very large version of this poster hanging on the wall in my home office. It manages to encapsulate a few of my “nerd-ities” all in one blow. Sweet.

(And, okay,  a bit gratuitous … our blog here was looking a bit too “texty” so I added a pretty picture!)

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August 3, 2011

You mean it’s not someone greeting Her Majesty?

And not an excited guard dog, either?

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day … can you guess?

Oh, really?

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August 3, 2011

I like the way he says “performance” …

This is just for fun … and for fellow Oxford English groupies out there.

Spelling Test

We don’t use the word “fiendish” nearly often enough, don’t you agree?

August 2, 2011

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July 31, 2011

Every Blog Needs

Cute kittens …

and laughing babies …

Amiright?

July 25, 2011

As Part of the Learning Process …

… I’m adding a few random posts just to get the hang of  the WordPress interface. I found this graphic on another blog and probably should have reposted the link, but here’s the image for now with thanks to Eve Corbel.

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