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Feb 26, 2014
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Does anybody actually own a dictionary anymore?

Today I tweeted:

You know what’s underrated? The simple act of looking up a word in the dictionary.

And a few people seemed shocked that I actually use a paper dictionary.

A big, 10-pound American Heritage, no less.

A few months ago I went out and bought the biggest, nicest dictionary I could find. I wanted a huge honking dictionary, open on a side table in my office, like one of those big bibles you see at a mass.

If you consider your mission exploring language, flipping through pages of words to land on a particular definition is a feature, not a bug.

For example, did you know that “patina” comes after “patient”? One word about enduring time, the other describing its residue.

Google won’t give you that.

Jan 02, 2014
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Last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
— T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding,” Collected Poems (via)

Nov 15, 2013
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Words can’t describe (via Toothpaste For Dinner: Daily comics by Drew *)



My new favorite cartoon.

Words can’t describe (via Toothpaste For Dinner: Daily comics by Drew *)

My new favorite cartoon.

Dec 23, 2012
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May 24, 2012
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I love words…they’re my work, they’re my play, they’re my passion. Words are all we have really. We have thoughts, but thoughts are fluid. Then we assign a word to a thought, and we’re stuck with that word for that thought. So be careful with words. I like to think the same words that hurt can heal. It’s a matter of how you pick them.
— George Carlin, in his 40-year-old routine, “7 Dirty Words,” off 1972’s Class Clown

Aug 28, 2011
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The first thing is to extract the best words one can from every type of writer…

Jun 10, 2011
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I think something interesting happens to language when you break it up so that the words stand alone, one after the other, and you have a moment of waiting for the next word and anticipating what it will be….it’s as if this language is like little drops of words that fall…
Brian Eno on spoken word (I kept thinking about blackout poems…)

Mar 21, 2011
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helpmeet

OED definition:

helpmate (also helpmeet)
noun
a helpful companion or partner, esp. one’s husband or wife.

ORIGIN late 17th cent. (as helpmeet): from an erroneous reading of Gen. 2:18, 20, where Adam’s future wife is described as “an help meet for him” (i.e., a suitable helper for him). The variant helpmate came into use in the early 18th cent.

Found in this article on W.B. and George Yeats:

Always drawn to unconventional and highly intelligent women, Yeats had dreamt of a wife who would be an intellectual helpmeet.

Oct 07, 2010
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NOTHING TO DO IS EVERYTHING WITH YOU

A Love Letter to Syracuse

More on the project→

NOTHING TO DO IS EVERYTHING WITH YOU

A Love Letter to Syracuse

More on the project→

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A few panels from Scott McCloud’s essential classic, Understanding Comics

via comicallyvintage : via

A few panels from Scott McCloud’s essential classic, Understanding Comics

via comicallyvintage : via

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