Vocabulary Quotes

Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net.

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
tennis ball over the net

Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand…

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Words are like seashells on the shore: they show where the mind ends, and not how far it has been

Monday, June 7th, 2010
handful of sand and seashell

Let every thought, too, soldier-like, be stripped,
And roughly look’d over…
A mist of words,
Like haloes round the moon, though they enlarge…

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When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less

Friday, April 16th, 2010
Everybody's a critic

One ownership does not cancel out the other. Alice subtracted one from 365, demonstrating that there are indeed 364 un-birthdays in a year – and of course Humpty Dumpty had to check her work. Humpty Dumpty…

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I have found my voice again and the art of using it, and the right vocabulary for the occasion

Friday, January 29th, 2010
face of a women

Salomon turns the color of his hair, brick-red; even his shirty eyes go bloodshot, but from his full, pleasant mouth pours a flood of almost amorous supplications.

“My darling, my pet, don’t start saying silly things. I’ve…”

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Will Conjugate for Verbs

Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Will Conjugate for Verbs messenger bag

Groovinando to the mondo job of learning a new language involves a lot of use-it-or-lose-it practice, and, let’s face it, there are few things as frustrating, funny and potentially productive as scholastic alpha dogs practicing sub beta conversation skills on each other.

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