The Importance Of Being Frenemies With Ernest

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Have you read A Moveable Feast? Such a great book, like all bitchy little memoirs. So…why is my takeaway to wonder whether or not Ford Madox Ford had terrible-smelling breath? I’m embarrassed by the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about it. His real last name was “Hueffer,” so think about how funny it would be if it were true! Maybe I need to read a Jean Rhys biography to settle the question once and for all.

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5 Common (And Really Annoying) Writing Mistakes

Here are some writing mistakes I see almost every day. Maybe only other ex-English majors who sputter and rage at the CNN crawl will enjoy this post, but I had fun writing it.

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1. Free reign
It’s free rein. Reins are for horses and reigns are for kings. Free rein means voluntarily giving over power: if you loosen your hold on a horse’s rein, then it can wander a bit and speed up or slow down as it likes. So unless you’re writing about Pol Pot, Genghis Khan or the U.S. Congress, you shouldn’t say free reign. Continue reading

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