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    Wow -- and all this time we thought the only...

    Wow -- and all this time we thought the only 'bots we had to worry about were the Russians!

    Why don't we get Facebook (or Wikileaks) to ID the culprit(s) for us. Then we can steal their...
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    Who's Minding the Store?

    Who is minding the store -- or the site for that matter. Seems as if the General Literature forum has been hijacked.

    The irony, of course, is that long-time contributors to the NitLet (such as...
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    Why does this Cloud Flare garbage keep popping up...

    Why does this Cloud Flare garbage keep popping up whenever I try to click anything on this site? Yet somehow another NitLetter has been posting thread after thread --over a hundred of 'em) in the...
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    Toni Morrison RIP

    I will call them my people,
    which were not my people;
    and her beloved,
    which was not beloved.

    --Romans 9:25

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    Also mispronunciations. Unless you're using the...

    Also mispronunciations. Unless you're using the word as a very specific legal term, "reprise" isn't "re-prize;" it's "re-preeze." (No Frank Sinatra fans left anymore?)

    "Formidable." The accent...
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    What the hey is "VPN"?

    What the hey is "VPN"?
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    Are you trying to get me to take a hint?

    Your "Cloudflare" system is messing with me again, flaring up once could say. Difficulties logging in, clicking on various threads.
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    For some reason I couldn't edit the post, just to...

    For some reason I couldn't edit the post, just to add the link to the companion piece:

    http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?90046-Toast&p=1366240#post1366240
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    Toast

    The following, originally posted on this site in June of 2009, popped up during a search for something else. It is a companion piece for another “vintage” (shall we say) piece which may be viewed...
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    Making a Toasted Cheese Sandwich

    The following is a loosey-goosey piece of free verse that I daresay may be older than many of our NitLetters. Dating back to 1999 (yep–2 decades), it was the result of speculation that a topic of a...
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    "Radio silence" for lack of communication. ...

    "Radio silence" for lack of communication.

    And the word "further" is used for both "farther" and "further."
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    "Swap out" for "substitute."

    "Swap out" for "substitute."
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    . What's even worse is the phrase, "I'm old...

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    What's even worse is the phrase, "I'm old enough to remember [blah,blah,blah]" when the reference is a mere year or two old. And by the bye, I deplore the use of "reference" as a verb when...
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    Really? Then how come me wallet's so empty? ...

    Really? Then how come me wallet's so empty?


    Now -- to the serious question that opened the thread:



    After years of puzzling over this question, I only have an inkling of an answer. It...
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    After years of puzzling over this question, I...

    After years of puzzling over this question, I only have an inkling of an answer. It does take time to become a better writer. Remember what Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the 10,000 hour rule. Much...
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    Words of Whiz Dumb 2019

    Words of Whiz Dumb 2019

    [Click.]

    —“ So whatever your summer plans, don’t forget to bring on the Muckenmire! Stop by any convenience store and pick it up today. And try our economical 90-pack. ...
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    Why on God's good earth would I ever want to read...

    Why on God's good earth would I ever want to read anything about a loser? But I sure as hell could write one.
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    After all these years, yours fooly is still...

    After all these years, yours fooly is still trying to determine whether you are the NitLet's answer to Joseph Conrad or Lafcadio Hearn.
  19. It's been a decade or more since I last read...

    It's been a decade or more since I last read Beckett, his novels as well as his better-known plays. I don't recall getting around to his short stories, such as the "The End." Just now I plugged the...
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    I would really like to read these, but the text...

    I would really like to read these, but the text taxes my eyesight. Would it be possible to skip a space between paragraphs?
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    "Spring Ahead; Fall Back" (updated)

    Yesterday I happened to read a most interesting blog post by one of our astute NitLetters. (I botched the comment I wanted to make, but let that go for a minute.) Anyway, the subject of the blog...
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    Debi Lets The Good Times Roll

    As denizens of the Great Northeast in these here United States know all too well, March weather is notoriously fickle. That’s also true for other phenomena. This year in particular is turbulent with...
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    I wonder if you've had a chance to peruse the...

    I wonder if you've had a chance to peruse the second number on this thread:

    http://www.online-literature.com/forums/showthread.php?88378-Something-Old-and-Something-New
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    Russell Baker

    I just heard that one of America's wittiest writers has shuffled off this here mortal coil: Russell Baker (1925-2019.)

    Best known as a newspaper columnist and a memoirist, Mr. Baker received two...
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    Annual List of Banished Words 2019

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! LSSU has just issued its list of banished words for 2019.

    In the increasingly humble opinion of yours fooly, the choices were/are apt. Do you agree or...
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