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Potty talk for the gifted

My 3.5-year-old’s favorite new words: apparently, certainly, and especially. She uses them correctly. She uses them in rhetorically sound ways: for emphasis, to establish tension in a conversation, to assert voice. She strings sentences together like she’s knitting a very long, eclectic scarf. The words go on and on, and they wrap around the world … Continue reading »

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On idiocy and pronunciation

A Part 2 to my previous blog post. One of my friends on Facebook recently unearthed an article from the online magazine Primer: A Guy’s Post-College Guide to Growing Up called “10 Words You Mispronounce That Make People Think You’re an Idiot.” The article, written by freelancer Justin Brown, makes this argument: if you mispronounce … Continue reading »