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Scrabble: The ‘death of the English language’?

Posted by   /  September 24, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

300 new words coming Yahoo Enertainment Hundreds of words that were previously off-limits to Scrabble players are now fair game. The newest version of Merriam-Webster’s The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary boasts 300 new words, including “OK,” ew, and “emoji.” “‘OK’ is something Scrabble players have been waiting for for a long time,” Peter Sokolowski, lexicographer […]

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Weirdest job in every state

Posted by   /  September 22, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

  By Michael B. Sauter | 24/7 Wall Street Most people need to work for a living, but that doesn’t mean they have to take conventional jobs. The United States economy has a highly diverse set of industries and niche interests. And where there are unusual needs, unusual job openings are available requesting specific skills […]

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Odd and funny street names in 50 states

Posted by   /  September 10, 2018  /  Off-Beat News, Transportation  /  No Comments

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How do you know when it’s time to leave Colorado?

Posted by   /  September 7, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

  One Subaru-driving writer grapples with his sense of identity as he realizes his dream state isn’t what he thought it would be. By Jeff Waraniak | 5280 DENVER’S MILE HIGH MAGAZINE There’s a certain sound I associate with Colorado. It’s not the swoosh of skis on groomers or the plunky intro to John Denver’s […]

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Who’s in charge of our language?

Posted by   /  August 9, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

Grammar purity is a big ponzi scheme By June Casagrande | Lit Hub To hear some sticklers talk, you’d think that somewhere, in a classified location, there’s a top-secret grammar law library that houses the voluminous Grammar Penal Code: an official list of all the things you’d be “wrong” to do. It’s wrong to split […]

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[OPINION] Americans are terrible at small talk

Posted by   /  August 5, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Maeve Higgins | The New York Times (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) In the four years I’ve lived in the United States, I have grown used to excruciatingly sincere exchanges with people. Within minutes of meeting you, they’ll come up with the heavy goods, and expect to see yours […]

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10 warning signs you’re in a lousy barbershop

Posted by   /  July 19, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

  By Jacob Gallagher | The Wall Street Journal 10. Unswept hair accumulates on the floor (although that mouse burrowing in the pile is diverting). 9. The only publication is a “TV Guide” with Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the cover. 8. The barber has bad listening skills, bad manners, bad breath or really bad […]

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Top 10 Branding Slogans for Arizona

Posted by   /  July 18, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Five years ago, the state hired a consulting firm to come up with a slogan and possibly a logo to overcome various economic and image problems at the time.  Remind me where I can find what the PR folks came up with. If Arizona is still waiting for some […]

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The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Posted by   /  July 12, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

  Does the sound of your own voice make you want to cover your ears? You are not alone By Philip Jaekl | The Guardian Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term […]

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35 confusing things about the English language

Posted by   /  July 3, 2018  /  Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

Non-native English speakers share what stumps them … and makes them laugh. By Caroline Bologna Learning another language is no easy feat. You can memorize all the rules and still find yourself messing something up. The English language is no exception. With roots in many other world languages, English includes a number of spelling, grammar […]

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