Category: Language

Jan 12

Reylo Trash

I heart dark lords

I learned a new slang term this week: trash. As in, “I am Reylo trash,” a crazy fan. I would be, except…. Well, there is no Reylo. At least, not yet, there isn’t. “Reylo” is the couple name for Rey and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’ve been seeing fan art all over Pinterest …

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Mar 15

Dissecting a Sentence

Dave Barry is one of my all-time favorite humorists. Here’s his take on how to diagram a sentence. Ask Mr. Language Person Q. Please explain how to diagram a sentence. A. First spread the sentence out on a clean, flat surface, such as an ironing board. Then, using a sharp pencil or X-Acto knife, locate …

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Feb 02

What the Hack?

I’m suddenly seeing the word hack word come up in popular usage. “Productivity hacks for writing.” “Healthy hacks for game day.” “Simple life hacks.” I’m having a lot of trouble with this word. What does it mean? Okay, it’s being used as a noun. Reading from context, it seems to have about as much meaning as …

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Sep 30

Fantasy Languages

What makes a made-up language a real language?