Author Archives: Cynthia Lange

Author Spotting

I would like to share my excitement about my most recent book purchase. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s related to the HUGE database of usage guides and usage problems – albeit tangentially. The book is Het Handboek Stijl, which is the current … Continue reading

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Poetry and Usage Advice

More word-related news on April: it’s also National Poetry Month. Here’s a link to frequently asked questions about National Poetry Month. I’ll provide a quick summary as well. It was founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, and … Continue reading

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April is Bibliotastic

Spring and libraries: what do these things have in common? Besides being beautiful and making life more enjoyable, spring and libraries also share April. This month is National School Library Month in the U.S. Today also kicks off National Library … Continue reading

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Grammar: Days and Tests

Earlier this month, March fourth to be precise, National Grammar Day was celebrated in the U.S. I like to think was the impetus for many dinners of punctuation-meatloaf (or walnut loaf for the veggie punctuation partiers among us). The day … Continue reading

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Lexicon Valley: A Most Delightful Dale

For many months now, I’ve been intending to write an epic review of one of my favorite podcasts: Lexicon Valley presented by Slate. Well, this weekend I invoked the muses – otherwise known as Lexicon Valley hosts Mike Vuolo and … Continue reading

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Punctuation. In Political. Contexts.

There have been many interesting articles about language use related to the 2012 presidential election in the U.S. Some of my favorites include this recent one on the ‘mass-nounification of vote’ by Ben Zimmer and this one on the use … Continue reading

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Punctuation Party

Friends, put on your punctuation party hats. Tomorrow – Monday 24 September – is National Punctuation Day (in the U.S.) which was founded in 2004 by Jeff Rubin. The official website contains some funny, interesting, and entertaining items. These include … Continue reading

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