Sholeh Patrick

Research: MLP: Now you too can write good

January 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: While Mrs. Language Person recovers from a broken wrist — no, not from wagging her finger too forcefully — we revisit some of her more memorable linquistic lectures.•••What joy to be affirmed! To see Mrs. Language Person’s li...

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Research: MLP: Misused and abused

January 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: Mrs. Language Person has dusted off some of her favorite columns while filling in for Sholeh Patrick, who’s recovering from an injured wing.•••Some readers have shared their linguistic frustrations with Mrs. Language Person, ...

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Research: MLP: Idioms are misspelled, by and large

January 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

Bad grammar and misspelling spread faster than gossip in a hair salon. Your Mrs. Language Person can’t fathom why English speakers are so apt to misuse and abuse our colorful language, rather than toe the line of correct speech. Yes, Dear R...

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Research: MLP: Reflexive pronoun, spare thyself

January 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

Editor’s note: While Sholeh is recovering from a broken wrist, we revisit some of her favorite Mrs. Language Person columns.Please, oh please Dear Reader, practice pretention prevention. You know the type: The snooty-tootys (please pardon M...

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Research: Resolve to just let it go

January 01, 2019 at 5:00 am

In most cultures, new year resolutions encourage fresh starts which are meant to last. Yet somehow, New Year’s Resolutions starting with a bang have a way of fizzling out after a month or two. Maybe the trick is to keep it general. Otherwis...

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Research: Shakespeare the king of insults

December 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. It must be true, because when it comes to insults, modern man has nothing on the bard, who literally made up many words still in today’s English dictionaries. So if you’re going to let someone h...

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Research: Shakespeare the king of insults

December 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. It must be true, because when it comes to insults, modern man has nothing on the bard, who literally made up many words still in today’s English dictionaries. So if you’re going to let someone h...

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Research: Xmas’s ancient traditio(n)s

December 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Modern Christmas is a mish-mash of customs — a merging of traditions that evolve as cultures and families blend. The word “tradition” derives from the Latin “traditio” — a delivery, an instruction. America’s Christmas traditions were delive...

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Research: Perfection is a false holiday prophet

December 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Is incessant Christmas music driving you batty? Holiday cheer getting you down? You’re not alone. All this festive imagery of family, friends, gift-giving, feasts — so uplifting. Unless you’re lonely. Grieving. Seriously ill. For some this ...

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Research: Need some gift ideas? We can help

December 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

With less than two weeks left, that gift-buying clock is ticking louder. Desperate for ideas? Got someone on your list who swears they want nothing? Don’t panic. We’ve got this. Check out our two holiday gift guides for some unusual and cre...

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