YULOGIA: A Study of Christmas

    Yule is a curious word. Like wassail and mistletoe, it’s been with us for as long as we can remember, yet barring vague associations with edible timber, a good working definition always seems elusive. Perhaps we’re right to feel out of our depth when it comes to this term, for it is very […]

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The Sentence, As We Know and Live It

  “Language is the dress of thought” ~ Samuel Johnson Just as our physical bodies house our intangible selves, so our words lend structure to our ideas. Until such time as we speak, put pen to paper, or apply our digits to the keyboard, our thoughts remain nothing more than restless potential confined to the […]

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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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