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Loosening the Chokehold on Language March 15, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Connor, Cities of the Mind, brought this delightful video on the English language to my attention this morning: 

On Writing: A Message from Stephen Fry

If you enjoy it as much as I did, swing by Cities of the Mind to thank Connor and check out a few of his recent posts: 

Lie Like A Dog * The Emotional Ropes * A Paradigm of Lies

Now, here’s Stephen Fry, a recovering pedant, talking about why language should be as flexible as we need it to be:

For a terrific rebuttal:  Fry Him In Oil! (Greg Camp’s Blog)

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Are you pleased that language is expanding at an ever-increasing rate?  Or do you wish that Merriam-Webster would adhere to  strict usage rules rather than disseminating recently accepted definitions?

Related posts:   Which Witch Ate Eight Nome Gnomes? * A Touch of Sarcasm * An Awesome Terrific Awful Terrible Day * It’s Teetotaler . . . Not Teatotaler * Apostrophes: A Tricky Business

Haiku or Senryū? March 15, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Poetry, Word Play.
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Haiku or Senryū?

Nature or human humor?

I’ll let you decide.

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Can you distinguish the delineating line between Haiku and Senryū to reach a definitive diagnosis?  

Is the defining line moving?  If not, why do I feel so dizzy? 

Related posts:  Write a Haiku About Something That Drives You Nuts * Timing is Everything (The Laughing Housewife) * Senryu * Haiku or Senryu?Senryū * A Haiku (Creating Magic) * Pseu’s Blog * Books Photographs And Artwork