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    that was Winston Churchill after somebody "called...

    that was Winston Churchill after somebody "called him out" for ending a sentence with a preposition. He said, "This is one pedantry up with which I will not put."
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    Unlike last year when yours fooly posted a...

    Unlike last year when yours fooly posted a seasonally-themed piece of light verse, I've got no Halloween offering for today. That is, if I don't count the message that just came up stating I was...
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    Either pronunciation is fine with me, as long as...

    Either pronunciation is fine with me, as long as folks remember that the "t" in "often" is silent.
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    I had read the New Yorker article, and...

    I had read the New Yorker article, and immediately thought of the NitLet with its long, long tradition of threads devoted to Orwell's 1984. I also thought of some of our American novelists, such as...
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    Somebody showed me the location Nabokov's digs in...

    Somebody showed me the location Nabokov's digs in downtown Ithaca. Apparently a modest second-floor apartment in a nondescript building. Big contrast with the opulent manse once occupied by Carl...
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    Thanks for your feedback, Nitletters. Relieved...

    Thanks for your feedback, Nitletters. Relieved the spambots seem to have taken a powder -- thanks, Moderators!-- but I'm still having technical difficulties over here. Very, very arduous to edit...
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    1. Say the next word: demeanor 2. Two Word...

    1. Say the next word: demeanor

    2. Two Word Game: stabile genius

    3. Word Association Game: narcissist

    4. Song Title Game: "Don't Worry-- Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin

    5. Aye or Nay: ...
  8. Thread: Tick tock.

    by AuntShecky
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    A bit of stream-of-consciousness going. I see. ...

    A bit of stream-of-consciousness going. I see. You still have that strong, distinctive "voice." If CloudFlare lets you edit, please, please, please dump the unnecessary apostrophe in Vikings. ...
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    "Is Margaret Plantagenet?" "No, Sire. Alas,...

    "Is Margaret Plantagenet?"

    "No, Sire. Alas, she's still alive."
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    1. Say the Next Work: suppurating 2. Two...

    1. Say the Next Work: suppurating

    2. Two Word Game: virus protection

    3. Word Association Game: rheumy

    4. Song Title Game: "If I Had a Million Dollars" by the Bare-Naked Ladies

    5. Aye...
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    Whoa. That cockamamie CloudFlare timed me out...

    Whoa.

    That cockamamie CloudFlare timed me out again. When I hit "retry" it went to the first page of the thread, not the third. Hence the following is a response to post #15, not the last...
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    Flash just sent me a text stating that he's still...

    Flash just sent me a text stating that he's still on the case and wants me to bump this. So--

    Bump, bumpity, bump, bump BUMP -BUMP!
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    Thanks, you two. But on top of everything else,...

    Thanks, you two. But on top of everything else, the arrangement of the footnotes is skewed. (Or screwed.) Can't edit it. All I get is a blank screen.
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    Flash Monitor, Cyberdetective

    Flash Monitor, Cyberdetective


    Lately business in the cyberdetection game has been slower than a dial-up modem circa 1990. Since then, a megaton of traffic has traveled the Information...
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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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    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
  18. Thread: Toast

    by AuntShecky
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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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    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.
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