“A” is for Author: Self-Publishing Goes Legit

Just a few years ago, if a person tried to self-publish his or her work, the general reaction from most people would outwardly be, “Oh! Good for you! Congratulations!” Inwardly, however, those people would think two words:  “vanity press.” Vanity, of course, is derogatory. The general assumption was that you had been turned down by…

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Don’t Mess With the New Oxford American Dictionary

In the cut-throat world of lexicography… Wait… what? When you think of industries laying traps for potential predatory and purloining practices, it’s unlikely you would assume the people who compile dictionaries are on the lookout for thieves. But they are. Just like any form of plagiarism, taking an idea that is not your own and…

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We Must Obarmate Against the Loss of Words…To Let Them Go Would be Venalia

Adopt a word. Save our language. Why save a word? Well, as the website savethewords.org argues, “90% of everything we write is communicated by only 7,000 words,” yet there are “old words, wise words, [and] hard-working words…that once led meaningful lives [but] now lie, unused, unloved, and unwanted.” The site draws you in with a…

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