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2019-10-22: There are many things I miss and don’t miss from my previous job but one thing I’m actively happy, …

2019-10-18: Saw a new (to me) eggcorn today: “some people put him up on a pedal stool.” In this case …

2019-10-17: I must be curating my social media streams properly because I missed all the neckbearded snowflakes …

2019-10-17: I no longer know what is real. My just deserts? www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-…

2019-10-16: I can’t believe I just noticed that there is no “I” entry in Harryette …

2019-10-16: It’s #DictionaryDay today. Use all the words!

2019-10-16: Why is Biden so shrill and unlikeable?

2019-10-16: Is a fetus enwombed?

2019-10-15: 2nd degree murder doesn’t require intent. Also, physical appearance in a mug shot means nothing.

2019-10-15: Splitting the Booker Prize would’ve made more sense if both books were amazing. But The Testaments …

2019-10-13: Saying someone shouldn’t have been awarded the Nobel prize isn’t advocating for their cancellation.

2019-10-11: Every day is #WorldMentalHealthDay … for everyone. It’s just more obvious to some of …

2019-10-10: Guess I better move Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights up to the top of my reading list. Further …

2019-10-07: Not to get all pedantic, but it’s linchpin not lynchpin. Unless you are intending the …

2019-10-06: Where I really want some AI in social media apps: bots that filter all but the first of a joke …

2019-10-05: Just read an exchange in which the suggested correction of “balling” to “bawling” (when referring to …

2019-10-04: There are still things that keep me coming back to Twitter. But in addition to the obvious …

2019-10-03: IN A WORLD WITHOUT x, y IS POSSIBLE ← jockstraps + demented tweeting || self-awareness + perfect …

2019-10-03: Trump is a festering wound. That doesn’t mean the Nickelback vid wasn’t Fair Use. My …

2019-10-03: Commas are the worst.

2019-10-02: Why is it that people don’t understand that voluntarily ceding one’s right to Fair Use isn’t showing …

2019-10-02: What is a “perfect” conversation anyway? And how does someone who is barely comprehensible have so …

2019-09-26: “The mob shouts with one big mouth and eats with a thousand little ones.” —Stanislaw Lec …

2019-09-22: An opportunity for a simple postal act of kindness: a WW II vet in Texas is hoping for 100 postcards …

2019-09-15: We need to hear Corn Pop’s side of Corny Pop’s bizarre story.

2019-09-15: I am Shamespeare, eloquent and prolific author of humiliating, scornful soliloquies about—and …

2019-08-17: I just realized why I almost never record poetry books on GoodReads: though I finish many, I never …

2019-08-15: I love me some punctuation and generally want to see more (interrobangs! double colons! irony marks! …

2019-08-15: It was nice to have a reason to create an erasure/blackout poem for the first time in a while! And …

2019-08-09: Is there a word for the inability to remember someone’s name right after being introduced to …

2019-08-08: I’ve long associated David Berman and Vic Chesnutt in my mind for their lyrics, askant and …

2019-08-08: Toni Morrison didn’t write for me but she sure spoke to me and I am deeply grateful for that!

2019-08-08: Great news that nvUltra, the (Multi)MarkDown-centric, folder-ful note management brainchild of …

2019-08-02: Today in Chris’s Search History: is the thumb a finger? Followed by: what does @BCDreyer have …

2019-07-31: How did I make it nearly 49 years without learning of the wonders of Mod Podge?

2019-07-26: That time early in the morning when I was listening to a podcast thinking it was @susie_dent but it …

2019-07-23: Did I just browse more than 100 pages of font samples looking for old school pilcrows? Why yes, yes …

2019-07-13: Need books by the yard to complete your intellectual decor? Coordinated by color, theme or size? …

2019-07-13: Serena loses in the Wimbledon final…wonder how many more deluded guys will think they could …

2019-07-12: Interesting research into the (lack of?) efficacy of trigger warnings. It makes some sense to me …

2019-07-12: I was thinking about adding in a bit of #IndieWeb at the end of summer class (for students who all …

2019-07-12: Unfortunately, this piece by @AdamSerwer is not just already timeless but clearly on display in …

2019-07-06: Whoa. “[…] I am petrified that if I end it by my own hands, I will not have had a …

2019-06-29: Remember that time Lt Gov Byron Mallott sexually harrassed someone and had to resign just before the …

2019-06-27: Apparently the political writers at Slate all simultaneously learned about the newer usage of …

2019-06-26: 🎙 The most recent episode of Ear Hustle (one of my favorite pods) is about snail mail (another of my …

2019-06-21: Looks like the competition to be the worst Supreme Court justice in history is now in full …

2019-06-19: Measuring Mergers Linguist friends: does research on mergers based on listening to speakers generally match with …

2019-06-18: Happy Birthday, Althea! This little one is 28 today. I can’t quite wrap my head around that. Happy birthday, Althea!

2019-06-18: Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator I’ve found some Facebook groups irreplaceable, but the rest of Facebook I can do without. …

2018-08-29: I’m not finding “monkey this up” in the BYU corpora. Only a few times in Google …

2018-08-18: Emoji rebuses (1️⃣🐜) seem like such an old person way to emoji. Which is probably why I understand …

2018-08-17: I’m too young to be outliving so many.

2018-08-15: This morning’s Wikipedia rabbit hole reveals I’ve been conflating the plot lines of …

2018-08-14: Grades are in for #nousion #digcit students, who did some amazing, inspiring, intense work this …

2018-08-13: I keep trying to launch “Sack” instead of “Slack.” There’s probably an …

2018-08-11: “Wings” and Thing

2018-08-11: 📝 Comment: On “Lurning”

2018-08-11: ✍🏼 20 Lines a Day: Theory and Habit - #2xl

2018-08-11: All social media services, apps and software should have an option to hide (for people and audience) …

2018-08-10: And just like that snaps there were no more episodes of Grace and Frankie to watch with my mom. …

2018-08-10: You can see the craven, callous, soul-sickness in DeVos’s face. - …

2018-08-10: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ It took me a long time to like “like” #LanguageConfessions

2018-08-10: 📚 Nick Harkaway’s Gnomon is astonishing. I rarely hype a book before I’m finished …

2018-07-31: 📚 23 Minutes on: New York 2140 (Kim Stanley Robinson) #23min #reading

2018-07-29: |n|otabilia 364 ⁂ Scott Russell Sanders ⁂ from The Country of Language || information and …

2018-07-27: ✍🏼 20 Lines a Day: Insomnia - #2xl

2018-07-27: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ I used to assume people with southern (U.S.) accents were slow. #LanguageConfessions

2018-07-27: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ I thought Eats, Shoots & Leaves was a good book. #LanguageConfessions

2018-07-27: WordFlex is fun! #dictionaries

2018-07-27: 📝 James Harbeck (@sesquiotic) on dashes, including the figure dash: “Some typographers will …

2018-07-26: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ I believed in “apostrophe catastrophes.” #LanguageConfessions

2018-07-25: ✍🏼 23 Minutes on: Following/Finding Passion - #23min

2018-07-24: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ (Not) long (enough) ago I shamed kids for their “textspeak” and inferred …

2018-07-24: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ I used to think people who pronounced “nuclear” no͞oʹkyələr (nukjʉlɚ) were …

2018-07-24: ✍🏼 20 Lines a Day: Heights - #2xl

2018-07-23: 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ I used to think I didn’t have an accent. #LanguageConfessions

2018-07-23: Maybe it isn’t the silos of social media, the end of the golden blogging age, the death of …

2018-07-23: Re-thinking my morning routine. That’s kind of like re-starting it, right? #noductivity

2018-07-23: Maybe! I could be your father. — Darth Evader

2018-07-18: Also reading: Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English by Philip Durkin. Fascinating. #📚

2018-07-18: Reading: New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson for @BryanAlexander’s #NewYork2140 book club. …

2018-07-18: Are my predictive text chains so boring because I’m boring or because I never use predictive text …

2018-07-16: Dear @spotify, no algorithm is twisted enough to put a 7-min extended version of “Come On Eileen” in …

2018-07-16: If you love language, you should be listening to @talkpod and @VocalFriesPod – and now, with …

2018-07-16: Thought about starting a #ConfessionalSignBunny thread but it would never end and quickly become …

2018-07-14: Is there a word for punctuation polyamory?

2018-07-11: I don’t think your hot take on Elon Musk means what you think it means. About him anyway.

2018-07-09: Memes I could use #273: What‘s something that seems obvious to the chronically depressed, but …

2018-07-09: My secular prayer: please save me from the temptation to expose students to my snark.

2018-07-09: Someday I’ll know enough about something to justify a thread. 1/0

2018-07-08: “Six months ago, when I walked into my first reiki appointment at a Santa Fe oxygen …

2018-07-06: Is there a term for using “right?” inside sentences? As in, “I opened the box, …

2018-07-06: I suspect @WilliamShatner is being an asshat mostly out of the fear many of us have when pondering …

2018-07-05: I’m pleased to discover that I can laugh at (some) conservative #secondcivilwarletters too.

2018-07-04: Wittgenstein would have played so hard with memes and emoji.

2018-07-04: Eloquence may set fire to reason. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. #TinyWisdom

2018-07-04: I don’t get the handwringing about @Google Reader still being dead. Yes, it was great. I was …

2018-07-04: Am I the only one who, when asked for my favorite book, responds with a dictionary? (American …

2018-07-02: Currently reading: The Collected Letters of Alan Watts by Alan Watts, ISBN: 9781608684151 📚

2017-12-02: So hard not to get lost in the counting of the lost.

2017-11-30: The circle of the English language has a well-defined center but no discernible circumference. …

2017-11-30: There is something pleasurable in calm remembrance of a past sorrow. —Cicero #TinyWisdom