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No One Likes A Grammar Snob

No One Likes A Grammar Snob

Be careful when you ask for writing advice. Some people want to do it the right way — determine what you want to say and to whom, and help you do so. But some only want to bring you in line with their idea of “correct” writing. They’re pedants, who…

Think For One Damn Second Before You React To People

Think For One Damn Second Before You React To People

Nathan W. Pyle, the guy behind the famous NYC etiquette cartoons, has a tip for all of you, if you’ll shut up for just one goddamn second. That’s the tip, actually: when someone says something, and now it’s your turn to talk, and you’re ready to respond emotionally and escalate…

Uptalk Actually Serves A Powerful Purpose

Uptalk Actually Serves A Powerful Purpose

Uptalk used to seem like a bad thing. The “Valley girl” speech pattern, wherein a speaker’s statements end with an upward inflection that makes them sound like questions, was first recognised by linguists in the 1970s and was long mocked as a sign of unseriousness. In 1993, New York Times…