Throwing up Correctly

rogersgeorge on March 28th, 2017

Another quickie post. The guy here in Adult Children is being a bit of a jerk, but his vocabulary is correct. I remember being impressed with an instructor once because she used this word correctly. Hi, Dr. Bradley!

So, if you feel like you’re going to up-chuck, ralph, vomit, heave, or any of several other unpleasant feelings, remember you’re feeling it, not causing it. Though you might cause it, too.

PS—Since we’re on the subject, here’s a comic I ran into today. Mr. Fitz is an excellent comic about a teacher. Lots of good commentary on education.

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Mondegreens

rogersgeorge on March 26th, 2017

A mondegreen is a word or phrase derived from misunderstood song lyrics. It came from a song with the words, “…and laid him on the green,” which was interpreted to be “…and Lady Mondegreen.” I remember a joke I read when I was a kid describing a kid in Sunday School drawing a nativity scene […]

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Beware Idioms and Figures of Speech

rogersgeorge on March 24th, 2017

If you’ve read more than about three articles on this site, you know that I promulgate expository writing, writing designed to convey information so readers absorb the information effortlessly. (Promulgate means to set forth or teach publicly, but you knew that, right?) Sometimes idioms and figures of speech can be taken literally, and this generally […]

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A Writing Test

rogersgeorge on March 22nd, 2017

Here are some sentences I found, all written by professionals, all on line, that contain mistakes or bad writing. Can you identify the things that need fixing or improving? I’m pretty sure that I have mentioned each type of mistake at least once before in The Writing Rag. I’ll make you a deal—you might win […]

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Why Writing is Important

rogersgeorge on March 20th, 2017

When you listen to spoken language, if you misunderstand, often you can’t go back and re-hear it. Besides not being able to re-listen to what you hear, sometimes the written form is just plain clearer than the spoken form. The fidelity of the instrument you’re listening on might be poor. Foreign accents can make someone hard […]

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