Doooo You Eeeelongate in Your Texts?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jen Doll posted a cute column in The Atlantic, “Why Drag It Out?”  She refers to the word lengthening used in text messages to impart nuance and intonation. This will never be QuickEdit’s recommended style but, for those who do it, here’s an explanation of why you like it – just in case you were wondering.

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Word for the Day: Paraprosdokian

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A new word for the “exotic” niche of my vocabulary: Paraprosdokian. Winston Churchill loved this kind of wordplay where the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret an earlier part. Comedians use them all the time. Enjoy these examples. 1. War does not determine who is right — only who is left. 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt...

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Make-or-Break Verbs

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is a lovely article on enlivening your writing with verbs: quiet, dynamic, wimpy, copulative, existential, and more. It was written with style by Constance Hale for the N.Y. Times.

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