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"Come to think of it, by the anti-prescriptivists’ logic, there’s nothing wrong with using “figuratively” to mean “literally,” as long as enough people do it."

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At least it's a start...
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Because of this: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literally

Two good comments express the problem. Amusingly, the first one isn't at all concise. But he said just what I think of the matter.

"English has evolved into the closest language to being universal, and it is a mistake to have small groups of people of faddish trends be the driver of changes that reduce the range of word choices available to express thoughts clearly and concisely."

And this, "I can't wait to teach a class when I address "irony" and "sarcasm", then students ask me, "What is the difference?" I'll have to pull a bottle of Scotch out from under my desk and say, 'I don't know, anymore. Use whatever you want however you want. Gerbil monkey bubblegum antiquated or pumpernickel bread. Don't know what I mean by that previous statement? Keep saying it long enough, and Merriam-Webster will tell you some day.'"
 
Fuck you, Merriam-Webster, for caving on the whole 'literally' vs 'figuratively' issue.
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The defenders were weak and redundant.
What a surprise.
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This is really so good, for anyone, parent or not.
 
13 shortcuts for feeding your family well—even on a tight schedule—according to one of the supermoms on our staff.

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/slideshow/real-mom-cooking-advice/?slide=1
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I have resubscribed because they're all nearly grown up now! I have a hard time with the jars; they're always throwing out the lids. But I have been working on it.

My time is hardly my own this weekend, but I want to try those things, too. 
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My blog post in honour of the 20th anniversary of TCM
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Phone browser jacked up often since big update. Sharing this to see later, plus it has gin in the url, talks about slapping herbs, and this picture is of something pretty I'd be willing to drink. Hope it's a good article!
 
How do you coax more flavor out of your herb cocktail garnishes (like mint or basil)? You gotta slap 'em!

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/recipe-of-the-day-recipes/article/gin-fine-art-herb-slapping
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+Lily Alice The article is basically what +Karen Schumacher said. That's it. It's really short :)
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This is going to seem silly, but someone someone please be able to commiserate.

In folia, when you put plants in the ground, you mark this milestone as "planting out," by choosing that from a list. And it makes my chest hurt so that I'm reluctant to continue.* I loathe this reintroduced habit of sticking prepositions at the end of verbs that work perfectly well on their own. Also, when you rub something out, like chalk or marker on a board, you remove it.

It's the same with "baking off." Out and off mean away, and do nothing to enhance the verb to which they're connected and they're just icky. Why not just freaking bake or plant the thing?

*I will be able to justify it by understanding they mean "outside." But just barely and it's still too gross to fully accept.
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+Melony Isaac I keep thinking about this, and trying to find a new phrase for "planting out of the pots after hardening off." Let's skip why hardening has to be done offly...

And I admit I'm a bit flummoxed by it. Still, I'd never say it when talking of my own process. I'd just say putting in the ground or something.
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I was just mentioning that I have a few Cº to Fº conversions memorized. If you like numbers or patterns, you can see how easy that is to do.

  0—32
  5—41
10—50
15—59
20—68
25—77
30—86
35—95
40—104

For each 5º Celsius, the Fahrenheit digit on the left increases by 1 while the digit on the right decreases by 1. Except 50, but it has a cool thing going of its own. As a memory device it works rather like the 9s table (within a limited but useful range,) because you are just adding 9 for every 5, except the whole spectrum of  9s are even a billion times cooler. The arithmetic itself is not hard to remember: F-32x5/9=C or Cx9/5+32=F.
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That's neat, +Rachel Howe.

That's awful +Tony Kruse except for getting to say it's so cold F and C got into bed together. Something like that.
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I joined Folia yesterday. It's like Goodreads for gardening, only if Goodreads was very enhanced and more interactive. You can create gardens, keep track of your seeds, do journal entries, post photos from Flickr, read what other people are doing, and talk in communities.

It's not perfect to get around in, however, I think it's the right template for a hobby or serious pastime, and if more places were redesigned in a similar way, I'd probably enjoy a few of them. I'm imagining if there was a kind of umbrella, as Google tries to be, but each section allowed you to move around and use it like this, and you could connect or not connect them, as you wished. I've joined dozens over the years, but most are too limited or too clunky or too disconnected from the whole picture, or not enough of anything. Basically, I'm saying I'd reinvent the social web now, from the ground up. A new CompuServe, with all the tools we now possess to really do stuff with it.
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Ooh that sounds interesting!
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You should grow tomatoes. If you haven't before, it's fun and not that hard to do. And don't let people tell you that you must only grow heirloom ones. They don't all know what they're talking about. I grow some heirloom varieties and some hybrids. Heirlooms are glorious, but often have less yield, and are more susceptible to bugs and disease. They can require a bit more care.

Some tomato varieties are determinate, which means they produce all at once, and some are indeterminate, which means they keep producing for a number of weeks. For your first tomato harvest, I'd suggest maybe three plants; a cherry variety, a slicing or cooking variety depending on what you like to eat, and a fun-looking heirloom variety; I'm fond of Yellow Brandywine and Mr. Stripey. Where you live will somewhat determine what's available.

Also, tomatoes have different levels of sweetness and acidity. It's easy to learn which are which. German Johnsons are big beautiful pinkish tomatoes with low acidity. But I never get the yield I'd like from them. I always grow one or two, though, and always an Early Girl, a medium sweet hybrid with tremendous yield. I let serendipity help me choose the rest each season.

There are little things you can learn to do to increase yield, fight bugs, extend your season, etc. Plant stinky French marigolds with them, and some basil, for a couple easy and useful additions. But for really good basic information, this article covers it. It's written from Kansas City, where tomato season begins May 1 with much joy and excitement.
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I'll be saving this for my daughter, who will probably start planting soon.
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