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January 2008, Vol. 10, No. 1

•  Sound and Sense by Richard Lederer
•  So by Julian Burnside
•  Sound Off: In Praise of the Fountain Pen by Ralph Abercrombie
•  Book Excerpt: Some Things English Can't Do — And Shouldn't by Richard Goodman
•  Begin Your Sentences with because (since, while) by Donna Gorrell
•  Vocabula Revisited: Get Vivad! by Valerie Collins
•  Fiction: Ninth Inning by William J. Martin
•  Two Poems by John Thomas Clark
•  The Elder Statesman: Snake-Oiling the Critics by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Critical Reader: The Trojan Laptop by Mark Halpern
•  Bethumped with Words: Champagne: Origin of the Name by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Breaking the Codes by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Captain Shiner, Sheryl Cacciatore, the Phantom Shopper, and the Thief of Dreams by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: My Bad by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Meet John Doe by Adam Freedman
•  Wor(l)ds: Names, Nemeses, Nameses by Verónica Albin
•  Language Module 6: Black and White, Left and Right by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Letters to the Editor


February 2008, Vol. 10, No. 2

•  Winning, Losing, and Playing the Game by Skip Eisiminger
•  The Subsong of Birds by Ellen Graf
•  The Rehabilitation of Oftentimes by Kerr Houston
•  Confessions of a Verbivore by Richard Lederer
•  Vocabula Revisited: Grammar Matters by Marylaine Block
•  Fiction: Testing by Bruce Bromley
•  Eight Poems by Mark Zimmermann
•  The Critical Reader: The Root of Political Correctness by Mark Halpern
•  Shibboleths: Yuma Blues by John Kilgore
•  Bethumped with Words: The Cryosphere Is Not the World of Soap Operas by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: "SV" Disease — Is There a Cure? by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Kokopelli: A Tale of the Writing Life by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Elitist by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Food, Felonies, and Fun by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 7: Tautologically Redundant Pleonasms by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Letters to the Editor


March 2008, Vol. 10, No. 3

•  The Folk Art of Error by Edwin Battistella
•  Academic Diction: An Avoidable Poverty by Will Hamlin
•  Cut the Verbal Fat by Richard Lederer
•  On Traits and Truth by Donna Gorrell
•  Vocabula Revisited: Words, Words, Words by Susan Elkin
•  A Poem by Matthew Byrne
•  A Poem by Tamora Whitney
•  The Elder Statesman: WFB RIP by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Last Word: Mother Tongue by Christopher Orlet
•  Shibboleths: Shooting Stars by John Kilgore
•  Bethumped with Words: The Latin Word for Rope: Funis by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Enter the Universal Buttock by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Kokopelli: A Tale of the Writing Life by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Sharing by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Poetic Justice by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 8: Zig-Zagging Zeugmas by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Letters to the Editor
•  Letters from the Editor


April 2008, Vol. 10, No. 4

•  But What if it Really Is Fantabulous? by Julianne Will
•  Mentor by Julian Burnside
•  Gender Matters by Mark P. Painter
•  The World According to Student Bloopers by Richard Lederer
•  Book Excerpt: Passive Voice by Lawrence Weinstein
•  Culture and Society: How to Fight Malware: Personal Computers in the Age of Political Correctness by Mark Halpern
•  Vocabula Revisited: Ain't We Got Fun? by Steven G. Kellman
•  A Poem by Janna Layton
•  A Poem by Lucy Blodget Neill
•  Bethumped with Words: Dimitri Anatolevich Medvedev: Etymology of the Names of the New Russian President by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Connecting to the Web by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Granny's Memory Book by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Doctoring Language by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Taxing Vocabulary by Adam Freedman
•  Duty, Honor, Country: Wor(l)ds by Verónica Albin
•  Language Module 9: I Smile by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Letters to the Editor


May 2008, Vol. 10, No. 5

•  The King's Coughers by Richard Burnett Carter
•  Make Your Point with Emphasis and Rhythm by Donna Gorrell
•  A Delicious Language to Bring Us All Together by Marion DS Dreyfus
•  English Is a Crazy Language by Richard Lederer
•  Vocabula Revisited: A Little Poem by Herbert Stern
•  Fiction: How to Approach a Man by John Kilgore
•  A Poem by Ray Succre
•  A Poem by Desi Di Nardo
•  The Elder Statesman: Inamorata by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Last Word: This Stupid Word by Christopher Orlet
•  Bethumped with Words: English Words Borrowed from Chinese by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: The South American Novel, Alas by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Friends with OCD: More Adventures in Freelancing by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Electronic Language: Between Speech and Writing by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Heir Today by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 10: Nymomaniacs and Nymcompoops by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Elegant English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam
•  Letters to the Editor


June 2008, Vol. 10, No. 6

•  Our Crazy English Expressions by Richard Lederer
•  The Teaching Ache by Bruce Bromley
•  Words, Don't Fail Me Now by Billy Thompson
•  Language and the Human Species by Pamela Sewell Saur
•  Vocabula Revisited: Bad Writing Kills by Christopher D. Ringwald
•  Fiction: Old Egg by Mark Stevens
•  A Poem: Again It Comes to the Old New England House by Ruth Maassen
•  Bethumped with Words: Twat: The Origin of a Rude Word by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Me and Him Go to the Mall by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Happy Camper? by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: 24-7 by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Habeas Corpus and All That by Adam Freedman
•  Ada's Ardor: Solder by Ada Brunstein
•  Language Module 11: Recessionary Language by Roger Rondeau


July 2008, Vol. 10, No. 7

•  Gin, Anyone? Or, How Did Gynecology Become a Guy Thing? by Henry Ansgar Kelly
•  How Not to Edit, or Seven Editing Sins by Frank E. Keyes, Jr.
•  Our Crazy English Language by Richard Lederer
•  Medical Terms by Herb Swett
•  Book Excerpt: Politics as Usual by Rosemarie Ostler
•  Vocabula Revisited: In Search of Your Book's Most Powerful Sales Tool: Your Title by Michael Larsen
•  A Poem: Aeneas Senex by Jeff Minick
•  The Critical Reader: You Make Me Sick: Symptoms as Arguments by Mark Halpern
•  The Last Word: The Look-At-Me Generation by Christopher Orlet
•  Bethumped with Words: Juniper & Gin: From Landscape to Larynx by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Letting Bygones Be Bygones by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: We Are but a Moment's Sunlight: Reflections on George Carlin and Sister Frances Jacobs by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Let's Not Go There by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Meet the Flintlocks by Adam Freedman
•  Wor(l)ds: One, Two, Three by Verónica Albin
•  Language Module 12: Keyboarding by Roger Rondeau


August 2008, Vol. 10, No. 8

•  Bless Your Heart, Evangelina: An Academic Ghost Story by Sherri Mahoney Jacobs
•  Can Learning Languages Help You Better Understand Science and Technology? by Philip Yaffe
•  English Is Weird by Richard Lederer
•  How to Develop a Muscular Verb Habit: Awareness of How Not "to Be" by Penny Wilkes
•  Vocabula Revisited: The Hit-Your-Audience-in-the-Eye Guide to English by Valerie Collins
•  Three Poems: To a Child Skating on Ice, Mellow, Seven Visible Breaths by Kevin Mims, Donna Gorrell, Carey Harrison
•  The Critical Reader: Rescuing the Hero by Mark Halpern
•  Postcards from Babel: Lies My Alphabet Told Me by Amalia Gnanadesikan
•  Bethumped with Words: Of Lariats, Lassoes, & Lou Dobbs by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: How Was That Again? by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The Bard of Foreclosure by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Paradigm by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: A Lawyer by Any Other Name by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 13: Tictionaries by Roger Rondeau


September 2008, Vol. 10, No. 9

•  The 2008 Vocabula Well-Written Writing Contest Winners
•  Grammar Rules by Jim Sanderson
•  Nothing Works for Me by Richared Lederer
•  The King's English by Julian Burnside
•  The Contribution of Sanskrit to the Lexicon of English by Jeremiah Reedy
•  Book Excerpt: Reading the OED by Ammon Shea
•  Vocabula Revisited: Penman by Joseph Epstein
•  A Poem by George Witte
•  The Elder Statesman: Nobility by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Critical Reader: Through Darkest Internet with Miss Thistlebottom as Guide and Protector by Mark Halpern
•  Bethumped with Words: Barack Obama: The True Meaning of His Given Name by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Quiz, and After by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Schruting, Flonkerton, & Pretendinitis by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Unctuous "We" Reconsidered by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Faith Lift by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 14: It's a Small, Small Word by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam


October 2008, Vol. 10, No. 10

•  Blood Flows, Ink Flows: An Image of Hyperbolic Violence by Kerr Houston
•  Our Literary Presidents by Richard Lederer
•  A True Story of How Poor Language Skills (Overly Fancy Language) Caused Noah's Flood to Take 40 Days Instead of the Planned 50 Days by Frank E. Keyes, Jr.
•  Book Excerpt: Language & Human Nature by Mark Halpern
•  Book Excerpt: Silence, Language, & Society by Robert Hartwell Fiske
•  Vocabula Revisited: Hyphenology, or The Missing Link by Darren Crovitz
•  Two Poems by Robert Jacoby
•  Bethumped with Words: Lake Huron Is a Racist Insult by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Momentous News by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: Halloween Reading by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Icon by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: The World According to TARP by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 15: Pals Slap-Happy by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam



November 2008, Vol. 10, No. 11

•  Presidential Authors by Richard lederer
•  What's in a Name? by Marion DS Dreyfus
•  Literary Review: Catch-22: What It Is, What It Says, and What It Means by Ken Bresler
•  Language and Loss by John Z. Guzlowski
•  Culture and Society: A Non-Malthusian Argument for Population Reduction by Mark Halpern
•  Vocabula Revisited: DisenYOUGUYSing American English by Joan Taber
•  Fiction: Home-Movie by Bruce Bromley
•  Shibboleths: Eviction Notices by John Kilgore
•  Bethumped with Words: Rare Verbal Gems by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Hieroglyphics, or What Sophocles Knew by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The Celine Dialogs by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Closure by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Footnotes* by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 16: Tom Swifty and Kin by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam


December 2008, Vol. 10, No. 12

•  The Enormity of It All by David R. Williams
•  You Never Call, You Only Text by Judy Gruen
•  A Stockingful of Christmas Puns by Richard Lederer
•  Culture and Society: The Making of Homo Scavengecus by Abbas Zaidi
•  Vocabula Revisited: Perilous Pronouns by Ada Brunstein
•  Fiction: A Long Way from Home by Serena Howlett
•  Two Poems by Desi Di Nardo
•  The Elder Statesman: Two Views of Jargonland by Clark Elder Morrow
•  The Critical Reader: Some Problems with Editors (or Private Vices, Public Benefits) by Mark Halpern
•  Bethumped with Words: What's Behind the Word Fanny? by Bill Casselman
•  Harrison's Corner: Mashie-Niblicks of the World, Unite! by Carey Harrison
•  The Common Reader: The WOW Factor (Or Reflections on a Year of Reading Classic Children's Books) by Kevin Mims
•  Vogue Words and Buzz Phrases: Significant Other by David Isaacson
•  Letter of the Law: Nice Work by Adam Freedman
•  Language Module 17: Keyboard Hazards by Roger Rondeau
•  Disagreeable English
•  Clues to Concise Writing
•  Scarcely Used Words
•  Mock Merriam



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