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palestinian prisoners restart talks with palestinian representatives

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 21, 2003) comes a piece ti­tled “Is­rael OKs freeing some pris­oners to restart talks” (page A4). Got that: Pales­tinian pris­oners restart talks with Pales­tinian rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Now, prepo­si­tional phrases (like “to restart talks”) work best when they are placed as close as pos­sible to the word that they are modifying.  [Continue reading]

to trade or not to trade

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TO TRADE OR NOT TO TRADE, that is the ques­tion. To­day’s Seattle Times (July 19, 2003) has a piece ti­tled “Mariners Tough Spot: To Trade Or Not?” by the pa­per’s reg­ular base­ball re­porter, Larry Stone (page C1): the Seattle Mariners, may NOT make any trades in the fore­see­able fu­ture. [Continue reading]

looks like we will be needing more snowdens

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “U.S. Of­fi­cials says NSA taking steps to stop leaks” (page A2): an AP ar­ticle ac­knowl­edges that “The in­for­ma­tion re­vealed [by Ed­ward Snowden] that the agency was gath­ering mil­lions of US phone records and in­ter­cepting some US In­ternet traffic.” [Continue reading]

for want of a hyphen (“I want hyphen”)

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “Gun-rights group sues city over emails al­legedly with­held”: An or­ga­ni­za­tion called Wash­ington Cease Fire is de­scribed as “an anti-gun vi­o­lence group.” Tech­ni­cally, this is cor­rect: the hy­phen is nec­es­sary to link “anti” with “gun.” [Continue reading]

a neal defines rant post

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A SUGGESTION MADE TO ME by one of the few early readers of this blog (a friend, natch) that I ex­plain ex­actly what a “rant” is. That was brought on by my having two cat­e­gories on this web­site with that word in their title: “Neal’s Rants (Re­ally Po­lit­ical” and “Neal’s Rants (Not-So-Political).” [Continue reading]