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The Free Speech of Fools

Photo: StockSnap. CC0/Public Domain license. I’ve posted on free speech and freedom of expression before here on Green Comet. I talked about how people confused the right to free speech with the right to freedom from criticism for what they … Continue reading

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Bring and Take

Grammar of the Day – Bring and Take I imagine this conversation in front of a restaurant where two people have just had lunch and they’re getting on with the rest of the workday: Person One, handing Person Two a … Continue reading

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Bombogenesis

New Word of the Day – Bombogenesis Today’s new word of the day — a form of neologism* — is bombogenesis. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, bombogenesis is a noun meaning the development and intensification of a major storm. … Continue reading

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Epicene They

Grammar of the Day – Epicene They Some style guides are beginning to accept the epicene they. We’ll find out who, but first some groundwork. Epicene, in this case, means gender-free. English is a language with gender in its grammar. … Continue reading

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Bloggy McBlogface

Get in the comments with your own Blanky McBlankface name. Then download my books. It won’t cost you a thing. Boaty McBoatface was a mildly interesting cultural phenomenon. When the UK’s National Environment Research Council ran a poll to name … Continue reading

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Evolution – Part One

Evolution: A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form. The Free Dictionary, definition 1(a). Some years ago I published a series of articles about evolution in my local newspaper. It generated … Continue reading

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VocalID Certificate – 1000

I got another certificate! VocalID gave me a certificate to reward my efforts, and to encourage more. VocalID is an initiative whose goal is to provide unique voices to people who can’t speak on their own. They need devices that … Continue reading

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What are the Odds He’s Left-handed?

A while back I was sitting with some friends and relatives and we were having a conversation. We were talking about creative people. Writers, actors, dancers, etc. We were remembering how it seemed like in the olden days actors all … Continue reading

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Trolls Observed

Trolls get a lot of attention, but never as much as they want. That pretty well sums up the problem, and its cause. Right, then. Let’s wrap this up and call it a day, shall we? No, we shan’t. This … Continue reading

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For the Love of Trolls

Troll: One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument — Urban Dictionary Trolls. Don’t you just love them? Internet trolls, I mean. I guess the other … Continue reading

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