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Kayaks of thought & sparks of inspiration

Danglers are extremely common, not just in deadline-pressured journalism but in the works of distinguished authors. Considering how often these forms turn up in edited prose and how readily they are accepted even by careful readers, two conclusions are possible: either dangling modifiers are a particularly insidious grammatical error for which writers must develop sensitive radar, or they are not grammatical errors at all. (Did you notice the dangler in the sentence before last?)
Say you’re the kind of person who never ends a sentence with a preposition. You’re studious about distinguishing between “its” and “it’s,” and you’re likely to judge a person who says “nauseous” when they should have said “nauseated.” But occasionally, if you’re being honest with yourself, you suspect that a lot of the grammar rules you follow are conditional or even arbitrary. Herewith, Steven Pinker offers ten rules you should break from time to time. (Related: Fiona Maazel wrote an essay for The Millions on good grammar.)

52cups:

“The only purpose of starting is to finish, and while the projects we do are never really finished, they must ship.” – Seth Godin, Cup 38


Today, after four years since I started writing and six months of editing, polishing and compiling, 52 Cups of Coffee ships.

You can buy the…

Launch day! Buy/wish list/give this one.

teachingliteracy:

beckisbookshelf:

Fleur finally found a place where my kids can’t reach her. Smart kitty.

weareallmedie:

scumfolk:

The liquor one killed me

the con artist was the one that got me. I wish I could’ve seen the look on the vet’s face when they figured it out.

(via soulsmiles)