Monthly Archives: June 2014

We Have to Sit Opposite ~ by Ethel Wilson

Even in the confusion of entering the carriage at Salzburg, Mrs. Montrose and her cousin Mrs. Forrester noticed the man with the blue tooth. He occupied a corner beside the window. His wife sat next to him. Next to her sat their daughter of perhaps seventeen. People poured into the train. A look passed between […]

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The Comma and other Fine Points of Distinction

In a statement so crisply cogent as to stand in pure endorsement of itself, Lynne Truss, author of Eats Shoots and Leaves, tells us that “proper punctuation is both the sign and the cause of clear thinking.” Doubtless, her gift for the gab, both technical and rhetorical, has earned her swarms of loyal recruits. It will also have […]

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The Lively Limerick

  I heard of a man from Toulouse so nervous of getting bad news that he turned out the light, morning, noon, and at night and maintained a perpetual snooze. _____ Everyone loves a limerick. It’s fun, easy, and personable. But of exactly what does it consist? A LIMERICK is a humorous, sometimes ribald, poem […]

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