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Expressing an idea, concept or feeling in uncomplicated language lets something profound rise above the craft of constructing a meaningful phrase. The simplest words – as opposed to simplistic words – are often the most eloquent. […] Read More

It is common knowledge that the perennial Food Network star, Paula Deen, has used a condescending and derogatory term toward African Americans and spoken warmly of the world of the genteel antebellum (pre-Civil War) South. Before this news-making revelation, Deen and her brother had lawsuits brought against them for sexual discrimination by a white employee. […] Read More

If we priced and valued words as we do commodities, on the basis of supply and demand, then words would be dirt-cheap these days.  There are more words available in the cultural marketplace than ever before: round-the-clock TV news and talk radio, stacks and stacks of newspapers and magazines, countless websites and endless e-mail.  Words […] Read More

I make a lot of typographical errors. So, I am not hard on others, particularly bloggers and Facebook writers, who don’t have the advantage – or disadvantage – of an editor. A friend was writing about watching a July 4 fireworks show. When he typed a “d” rather than a “k,” he produced the non-word […] Read More

In Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” there is a scene where Alice and Humpty Dumpty are having a conversation about words.   “‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty says, in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’   ‘The question is,’ says Alice, […] Read More

One of the greatest blessings that God gave to humankind was the ability to create. The Creator shared some of Godself in placing a spark in each of us that allows us to examine, mold and fashion our environment.   Those things that we create can be things of beauty or infamy. There is not […] Read More