Reggae: the new Rosetta Stone

It was a warm winter night in the Peruvian rainforest as we stumbled off the boat and back to our cabins on the shore of the Tambopata River. The boat’s motor was turned off, its gentle whirring giving way to the tweeting and chirping of an enormous and endless array of invisible creatures, each as mysterious to us as we were to them. Walking alongside us, our tour guide, Gustavo, was humming a Bob Marley song.
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Crumpled paper

I stare at the page, increasingly aware of the mounting pressure. Furtively glancing side to side, I attempt to logically deduce a solution, anxiously scouring my memories for a precedent.
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Getting cocky with copy

Every teacher I’ve had for as long as I can remember has made it a point to impress upon the class that writing is a multi-step process: start with prewriting and outlining, finish with revision and, last but certainly not least, proofread.
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A copy editor’s field journal

Of course, I don’t tell him that copy editing just feels intrinsically satisfying. I don’t tell him that it allows me some miniscule amount of order and linear progression as I come to terms with the notion that I, as a freshman, can only pretend to have plans for my own future.
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Speak for yourself

Whenever I tell people I was born in Belgium, the first thing that pops out of their mouths is, “Does that mean you speak Belgian?”
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Say what you mean

In Ezra Pound’s 1918 collection of essays, “A Retrospect,” the famed literary critic and mentor shares what he believes makes good poetry.
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Hate the style, not the stylebook

According to the Associated Press Stylebook, the ever-sacred text that any copy editor worth their salt strictly adheres to, brackets cannot be used as punctuation because “they cannot be transmitted over news wires.”
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Do not mess with the doughnut (or donut?)

English is a language chock full of quirks that can make it extremely frustrating, or at least baffling, to deal with. One of these cases takes us to the bakery, to a cornerstone of American cuisine that has experienced a split over the centuries. I’m talking about the doughnut … or donut?
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