Category Archives: Language

Going, going, … gone

The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for.” ~ Will Cuppy Who remembers typewriters, 8 track players, and disco? So much … Continue reading

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Epic Libraries of the Rich and Famous

I am an avid bibliophile with books strewn all over my house. As we move towards the digital divide, I wonder if paper libraries will become just a memory like stone tablets. So when I saw this collection of “20 … Continue reading

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Measuring Music Tempo ~ How fast is fast?

A music forum noob recently asked me how fast a piece marked Allegro should be played. It got me to thinking that I should place this here in case my source disappears, which btw happens more times than you might … Continue reading

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Poodle-fakers and Scrimshankers

50 of your favorite words from the BBC… I’m told there are a lot of sesquipedalians out there. I’m surrounded at work by word people such are most writers and editors. The BBC asked for “your favourite words and were … Continue reading

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The Final Word: Good punctuation brings periods of happiness

“An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own jokes.” – Scott Fitzgerald I thought I was the only one with bad comma karma. But Craig Wilson of USA Today writes in “The Final Word: Good punctuation brings periods of … Continue reading

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MSDN: Writing wrongly wins man top dishonor

This stuff just tickles me.  :o) “Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath … Continue reading

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DoshDosh: How to Say Nothing in 500 Words (A Lesson on Writing)

This is a good read on a number of levels. I started out reading this thinking, “Yes, why don’t more bloggers know this!” I ended up realizing I’d slid into some of the traps that come from being a lazy … Continue reading

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Chops, a definition

Most people, even musicians have trouble keeping up with the slang in the industry. So there is a lot of misinformation out there. And there are so many hobbyist types who guess like they know what the real answer is … Continue reading

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