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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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The bizarre lies Arizona, other mothers tell their kids: ‘Crying makes your head fall off’

Posted by   /  June 1, 2018  /  Featured News, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Eric Grundhauser, | Atlas Obscura eing a mom is a tough job, in large part because you just can’t reason with small children. What you can do, however, is lie to them. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked readers to send us the most outlandish white lies their mothers ever told them. As […]

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Where’s the syrup? Rose Law Group Reporter Notable Photoable

Posted by   /  May 27, 2018  /  Off-Beat News, PHOTOS/CARTOONS  /  No Comments

 

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Phoenix removes Hance Park design sketch after discovering hidden Drake meme: Rose Law Group Reporter Notable Phototable

Posted by   /  May 25, 2018  /  Media and Entertainment, Off-Beat News, PHOTOS/CARTOONS  /  No Comments

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Bucket lists are like New Year’s resolutions

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  By Phil Riske, Off-Beat News  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Five years ago in this space, I published my bucket list. While overdue, I owe our readers an update: Quit smoking—Nope, but cutting down, with help of The Patch. Quit drinking so much Coke—Nope. Better than the other kind of coke. Quit drinking coffee—Yes. I’m still awake. Quit eating […]

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