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Some Rules Are Made To Be Broken

A few years ago, a good friend of mine told me about her experience learning basic Italian for a trip to “the old country”. The instructor was explaining the rules for spelling and pronunciation, and at the end of the … Continue reading

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Ad Homonym

When you start to tally up the many ways there are to represent one sound, the more you realize just how remarkably flexible English is. Continue reading

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The Limits of Intuition

As a child, I learned the rules of grammar and spelling, or at least I gained a significant intuitive understanding of them; as an adult, I was able to use this strong intuition to produce a lot of very clear, forceful, and persuasive essays during both my undergraduate and graduate studies. Clearly, I was quite adept at using the language effectively. What more did I need to know? Continue reading

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