L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

BY Erin McCarthy In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase. “Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been …

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Here are a few lucky words that have been preserved in common English expressions. Mental Floss Image credit: miss_j / iStock / Getty Images Plus. English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started …

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Karen Hertzberg Have you ever struggled to make sense of a message because its author didn’t write clearly? Or maybe you wrote something that was misunderstood by your audience. It’s possible your writing was cluttered with filler words. Just like a desk littered with too much stuff, untidy writing can make it hard for your …

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These common expressions can cause listeners to think twice. By Gwen Moran If you’re looking to advance in your career, thinking about the way you communicate is a good place to start. After all, it’s a skill that’s always in demand and goes a long way toward shaping others’ perceptions of you. But a handful …

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The surprising forces influencing the complexity of the language we speak and write. Nautilus Julie Sedivy “[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and [to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station [to …

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Susannah Meyer For centuries, back to a time which probably cannot be traced, the power of the written word has proved to be something incontrovertibly sublime. The written word has saved lives, circulated powerful ideas, preserved traditions and memories, and so much more. Great moments in history have evoked and set a basis for some …

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How filler words and tiny pauses keep conversations from going off the rails. The Atlantic | Julie Beck Photo by Ian Ross Pettigrew / Getty / The Atlantic. When one person asks another a question, it takes an average of 200 milliseconds for them to respond. This is so fast that we can’t even hear …

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by Unbelievable Facts How often do we come across an expression and are left perplexed wondering from where it originated. The English language is strange, and phrases can sometimes be tricky enough to understand let alone be aware of the stories behind them. Did you know that the expression “no can do” and “long time, …

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“Confessions of a Story Writer” Paul Gallico wrote:  It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you …

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