wine snobs got doctor conti while the rest of us get two buck chuck

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FORGERY IS A TIME-HONORED TRADITION in the world of artRoman artists made copies of Greek sculp­tures, al­though whether the pur­chasers of these fakes were aware of their origin is un­known. Forgers have taken on new im­por­tance since the 19th cen­tury, as the name of the artist often has more meaning to a cus­tomer than the ac­tual quality of the painting. READ MORE

on those pesky dashes as punctuation marks

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USE OF THE DASH FOR PUNCTUATION is a lost art in con­tem­po­rary Amer­ican Eng­lish (AmE) and British Eng­lish (BrE) for many writers and ap­par­ently many type­set­ters. It’s a shame, as a well-placed dash or ten can ease the flow of reading and there­fore lead to in­creased un­der­standing and plea­sure. Here I ad­dress the way that I—who use the dash with a near promis­cuous dis­re­gard for the consequences—use both the en-dash and the em-dash in my work. READ MORE

did he just say something sacrilitigious?

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FACEBOOK GETS MY ATTENTION in the early morning hours as I sip my coffee and wait for that part of my brain/mind that ra­ti­o­ci­nates to kick into gear. I scroll through my time­line and when an in­ter­esting image catches my at­ten­tion, I read it, and some­times chime in. I try to be pos­i­tive and hu­morous: yes­terday I made a some­what silly com­ment on someone’s Face­book page and I coined a word that somehow re­lated in some way to the orig­inal post: ‘sac­ril­iti­gious.’ READ MORE