Words of Wisdom

A shout out to grammar

A shout out to grammarMay 20, 2011 Grammar

“All I know about grammar is its infinite power.” Joan Didion (via ictc)

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A Jewish curse for Passover

A Jewish curse for PassoverApril 18, 2011 Spoken Word

This Jewish curse is unrelated to writing and law, but I must share it: May your wife eat matzo in bed and may you roll in the crumbs. Of course it sounds even better in Yiddish, but still.

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More on words of ambiguous grammatical identity.

More on words of ambiguous grammatical identity.April 11, 2011 Grammar

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Who’s Gropin’ Whom? post, consider this lovely illustration of the endless fluidity of meaning and parts of speech: Time flies like the wind. Fruit flies like bananas. I saw this quote on the lovely Tumblr blog Starlight and Moonbeams. But the quote originates from Groucho Marx, who phrased it a [...]

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A more benevolent take on the semi-colon

A more benevolent take on the semi-colonMarch 24, 2011 Punctuation

In yesterday’s post, Kurt Vonnegut trashed the semi-colon as a transvestite hermaphrodite (or was it a hermaphrodite transvestite?) whose main purpose is to show off the writer’s college education. Anger issues, Kurt? I love this equally vivid but much more generous view of the misunderstood and maligned mark: Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, [...]

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Work=pleasureJanuary 19, 2011 Word Love

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson (via thesoftanimal)

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Pleasure=workJanuary 19, 2011 Word Love

“What is easy to read has been difficult to write.” George M. Trevelyan (via rainbowinyoursky)

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Well said, Milli.

Well said, Milli.January 12, 2011 Words of Wisdom

“There is no cure for fear of writing. The fear is part of the process.” Milli Thornton (via writingadvice)

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The Rules

The RulesJanuary 6, 2011 Words of Wisdom

“The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, and write, write, write.” Ernest Gaines (via notwritenow)

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Tempting as it is to believe otherwise…

Tempting as it is to believe otherwise…January 4, 2011 Words of Wisdom

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.” (via bibliotheque)  

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The ancient tradition of clarity

The ancient tradition of clarityNovember 24, 2010 Words of Wisdom

“One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.” Quintilian, Roman rhetorician

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