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Talking About Words

What lasts, what fades away

With Harper Lee’s recent death, author Nicholas Delbanco ponders “the writer’s trade” in modern times.

Who said that?

Talk about irony: You coin a popular catchphrase and yet few know or care who wrote the words.

The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 33

Eggcorns

VIDEO

Are you trying to pass mustard for all intensive purposes in a doggy dog world?

Happily ever after?

Nicholas Delbanco strolls down Lovers’ Lane (in the literary sense) and ponders the nature of romance in writing.

The Word on Language and Grammar with Anne Curzan, Part 32

Double negatives

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Anne Curzan can’t get no satisfaction from the idea that two negatives make a positive.