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The Interrobang: Mary Norris and Jane Caro: Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’?
Huckleberry Finn as “America without its make-up on”
Earlier this week we reported on Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this week Jon Stewart’s Daily Show called on their “Senior Black Correspondent” Larry Wilmore to look at the issue.
Wilmore suggests that “Slave was just a job description. And it’s not even accurate - in the book Jim is no longer a slave, he ran away. Twain’s point is that…
Refudiate Word of the Year
Sarah Palin’s linguistic skills have been given the highest honour as the New Oxford American Dictionary has picked her made-up refudiate as the 2010 Word of the Year.
Palin first used the word when she was tweeting about a mosque being built at Ground Zero. Pushing the 140 character count and the bounds of the sensibility, Palin tweeted “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it…
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