Posts from the ‘Words’ category

Seven words I learned from Will Self

We sometimes buy the International Herald Tribune from the local tabac. Because it mostly combines its own original work with New York Times articles, it’s a…

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What Does Crèche Mean?

I pity anybody who has had to learn English as second (or third or fifth) language. It’s a confusing language to begin with, the regional differences…

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Four Words I Learned

I recently encountered four words that I was unfamiliar with. There were two from the November 9 issue of the New Yorker (yes, I’m very behind…

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What is the Angels’ Share?

Last night I went to the Centre to watch a great, joyful set by The Swell Season (here’s a video from their new album–that must have…

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Five Articles for Writers, Editors and Publishers

Today I attended BookCamp Vancouver at SFU. It’s was a well-run, well-organized event that frequently featured an engaging exchange of ideas. It probably could have used…

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588 Excellently Read Poems

The other day I was searching for the correct phrasing of a poem, and happened upon the SpokenVerse YouTube account. It features nearly 600 poems read…

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Word I Learned: Nocebo

I’m at Web of Change, so updates are likely to be pretty intermittent this week. On my way up–I took the train for the first time…

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First Comment (and Spelling) Fail

I followed a link from Beth’s blog to The Stranger’s site (somewhat unsafe for work), where Dan Savage is soliciting new definitions for the term ‘saddleback’.…

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