Naches

No, not Nachos, Naches. That’s yiddish for…naches. Ok no good English translation (as usual). Not quite pride. More like a feeling of ease or peace for the spirit. Something that makes you go, “..ahhh…” Though it’s usually meant as pride. Specifically, the pride you get from one of your kids when they do something good. –Naches (Psycho Toddler) I just had a visit from an excited student who’s just been accepted…

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It's Not Monday, but I Hate Garfield.

It’s Not Monday, but I Hate Garfield. (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) I started writing this as an example, on the paper of a student who put a bit of plot analysis in the spot where an academic thesis should have been. While this isn’t quite as good as the story of J.R.R. Tolkien writing down the opening of The Hobbit on the back of a student paper, I still thought the result…

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Dash It! We're All Trussed Up: Eating, Shooting, and Blogging

Taking our previous analogies for punctuation, what happens when it isn’t used? Well, if punctuation is the stitching of language, language comes apart, obviously, and all the buttons fall off. If punctuation provides the traffic signals, words bang into each other and everyone ends up in Minehead…. The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without there is no reliable way of communiating meaning. Punctuation herds words together, keeps…