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Smart-Alecky Response to a Prescriptivist Teacher

I found this at 22 Words, but its origin is obscure: Me: Can I use the bathroom? Teacher: I don’t know, can you? Me: When I said “can” I was using its secondary modal form as a verbal modifier asking … Continue reading

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The Plague of Litter: Conjecture and Definition

(The following is a rhetorical exercise. My objective here is to write at the level of conjecture and definition, but using the verb style rather than the conventional academic noun style. See Richard A. Lanham, Analyzing Prose, New York: Continuum, … Continue reading

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