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2012-10-02 06:32:43 PM  
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Sometimes I feel that the actual events of the world are so far removed from my hopes and expectations that I am forced to exclaim the rhetorical question, asking if what is real is real, as a way of pleading with reality to drop the cruel and endless charade of absurdity and simply reveal a world that both works and makes sense.

But rather than going for a mediocre and over stylized rant about existential stress suitable for a first year philosophy-psych double major, I just ask "Really?"
2012-10-02 06:16:45 PM  
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Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.


I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...
2012-10-03 02:45:24 AM  
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rmac-etc: There is a response to this article buy one J Seinfeld ...

What's the deal with that?
2012-10-03 01:27:30 AM  
1 vote:

I sound fat: you have to wonder about what drives people who worry about this kind of stuff to write articles to make themselves and their readers feel smarter than those "morons" who over use words, or misuse apostrophes, or use podium instead of lectern.

Hint: You are NOT more valuable than someone because you use words "correctly". You become more valuable as a person when you help someone better their lives or actually produce something of value with your talents.

2012-10-03 12:20:37 AM  
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2012-10-02 10:17:02 PM  
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2012-10-02 09:13:53 PM  
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2012-10-02 09:04:52 PM  
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2012-10-02 08:52:36 PM  
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2012-10-02 08:42:39 PM  
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2012-10-02 08:36:49 PM  
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Not as bad as "I know, right?"
2012-10-02 08:36:27 PM  
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An entire article about one word? Really?

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Is it "poontang"?
2012-10-02 08:34:02 PM  
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/Ya, rly
2012-10-02 08:33:26 PM  
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2012-10-02 08:30:36 PM  
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2012-10-02 08:22:42 PM  
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Well, the author does kinda have a point. Our English is in the process of devolving into Valley Girl talk (like, you know, like, dude)
2012-10-02 06:16:16 PM  
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