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Andy Hollandbeck
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Limerick Lunacy
So, long story short, I was knee deep in the history and construction of limericks, and I conjured these silly things: There once was a man from Peru, Who wrote limericks up to line two. Stupid, right? But I didn't stop there. There once was a lass from "Pa...

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World Poetry Day 2017
A poem of the spring is what    I've set my self to write — Of gentle breezes, greening buds,    And herons taking flight. Happy spring, everybody! But out my window, all I see    Is cars and lots and rust, And hear the wailing ambulance,    And smell the d...

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Fun with Page Numbers in Microsoft Word
Are you tired of boring old page numbers in your Word document's header or footer? Do you feel like your doctoral dissertation is missing that certain je ne sais quoi to make your advisors smile? Are you looking for a way to distract readers from the medioc...

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Health, Heart, Brexiting, and Begging the Question in a Post-Truth America
Business continues to translate into busy-ness (did I mention that I was promoted to managing editor at The Saturday Evening Post ?), and, for better or worse, blogging here lands pretty low on my to-do list. But that doesn't mean I'm not writing! Here are ...

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Happy Dictionary Day 2016!
Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary, was born on October 16, 1758. That day is now marked as National Dictionary Day. I love all my dictionaries, but I do love some more than others. My absolute favorite is Webster's New Internati...

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Oh the Horripilation!
Halloween 2010 by Armando Salum, Veracruz, via Wikipedia As the scary clown population rises, Halloween nears, and the election gets creepier, journalists must surely be looking for some variety in how they describe the eeriness that seems to be pervading o...

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And Now, a Few Words from Our Presidential Candidates
Today at Copyediting.com, I wrote about four words used during Monday's presidential debate that sent people to Merriam-Webster's for clarification. But what really has the masses talking (by talking I mean tweeting, and by masses I mean four or five people...

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Roald Dahl and the OED
This week at Copyediting.com, I wrote about the recent update announcement from the Oxford English Dictionary and its honoring of Roald Dahl's linguistic legacy on his hundredth birthday. The OED Honors Roald Dahl Last week, the Oxford English Dictionary ho...

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You Might Be a Troll If...
I've never met anyone who says they like internet trolls. That raises the question, then, of why there are so bloody many of them out there. Granted, there are literally billions of people in the world whom I have never met, so maybe I'm just talking to the...

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Guiltless Filler
I would feel guiltier about not posting here for almost three months if I hadn't been so busy with writing and editing projects that, you know, pay. Here, why don't you read some of them: 5 Pairs of Uncommon Confusable Words The internet houses a plethora o...
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