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The Name of the Prose, Part 1: What’s in a Name?

Here’s a question for you, Dear Reader. What publisher would have taken Bram Stoker seriously if he’d submitted a book about a mysterious, terrifying vampire named . . . Count Humperdink?  Can you just imagine the how the scene might have read if our nemesis (perhaps looking like Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee) had swept …

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The Name Game

Originally posted on 11/28/2008 from the dragon lair of Phyllis IRENE RADFORD, aka P.R. Frost, aka C.F. Bentley: To paraphrase Eliza Dolittle in “My Fair Lady”:  Names, names, names, I’m so sick of names, first from them, now from me… As I accumulate pseudonymns I find my readers complaining about each new series of books carrying …

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Word Salad

The Things People Say: Sentence-like Sequences of Words

Today, communication fans, I’d like to dismantle four sentence-like sequences of words that have something in common: muddled meanings caused by a poor (or possibly clever) choice of words. Who said them and with what intent is irrelevant to the discussion. I leave it to you, Dear Reader, to attach significance in the broader realm …

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