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Grammar 101: Extract or Exact Revenge?

October 20th, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard the line in a Hollywood blockbuster involving a superhero and his quest for vengeance. Maybe you’ve heard it in the context of a video game or television show filled with explosive action and intense drama. When a character says that he will not rest until he exacts his revenge, what exactly does […]

Sunday Snippet: John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

October 12th, 2014

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.” I suppose it’s not terribly surprising that I am oftentimes drawn to quotes by writers about writing, given that I make my living […]

Grammar 101: For All Intents and Purposes

October 9th, 2014

English can be confusing enough for someone who has grown up as a native speaker, never mind for someone who is trying to learn it as a second language. For every rule in English, there are innumerable exceptions. And then there is the never-ending list of English idioms that either don’t make logical sense or […]

Grammar 101: Toe the Line or Tow the Line?

October 2nd, 2014

You may have heard the English idiom “to toe the line.” Oftentimes, it’s used in the context of work, where employees are told to “toe the company line.” The workers are being told to conform to the rules, principles and policies of the company, to do exactly as they are told and not to veer […]

On Productivity as a New Work-from-Home Dad

September 26th, 2014

In the prenatal class that we took, the majority of the dads said that they would be taking the first couple of weeks off work as parental leave. As the only work-at-home dad (WaHD) of the group, I was the only one who said I didn’t plan on taking any leave at all. I suppose […]

Grammar 101: European and American Date Formats

September 25th, 2014

When you’re filling out a passport application, a courier waybill or any number of other documents, there’s a good chance that you have to enter the date. Even when you were handing in your elementary school assignments, there was a line near the top of the page where you were told to enter today’s date. […]

The Nature of Beyond the Rhetoric Moving Forward

September 19th, 2014

I’ve been sharing my musings on the Internet for some 15 years now, starting out with an e-mail newsletter before graduating to a manually-updated Geocities website and finally progressing to the launch of Beyond the Rhetoric in 2006. Throughout that time, I’ve been pretty eclectic about the posts that I write, ranging from movie reviews […]

Grammar 101: Nerve-Racking or Nerve-Wracking?

September 16th, 2014

English idioms don’t necessarily make a lot of logical sense. You can’t literally offer a salesperson an arm and a leg for the latest sports car. You’re not exactly “spilling the beans” when you “let the cat out of the bag” either. And these idioms get even more challenging when they are used verbally more […]