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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Abusing quotation marks

What goes through your mind when you see words in a paragraph or a sentence surrounded by quotation marks? Like that sign in the image on your left? That they are words excerpted from conversations or written content? Or that they are special; peculiar words, or perhaps used ironically, sarcastically or in jest? Take these examples […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Kill the Apostrophe? Rubbish! Keep it!

A site has popped up with one of the stupidest ideas about English I’ve read in the past decade or two. It’s called Kill the Apostrophe. Subtle. At first, I thought it was a joke, a spoof. After all, how can one realistically get rid of perhaps the most significant element of punctuation based on [...]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

After reading the play by Shakespeare last week, I decided to tackle Chaucer’s epic 8,000-line poem about the Trojan lovers, Troilus and Cressida (or Criseyde as Chaucer writes it). It’s a long, somewhat meandering piece that begins, in the Online Medieval … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: BC NDP candidate resigns over racist comments against First Nations

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Dayleen Van Ryswyk, the BC NDP candidate for Kelowna-Mission, has resigned after the racist comments she made online against Canada’s First Nations surfaced earlier today. She also denigrated French Canadians. Called them bigots. This sad episode will not slow down the New Democrats‘ march to a [...]

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How did English evolve?

Here’s a fun little video from TED about the evolution of English. This video describes the early days of English’s changes. Some of the more recent alterations are not included, such as the extensive use of pirate terms, robot machine &#82… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: How did English evolve?

The Scott Ross: Kate Middleton Exposes Canada’s Need For The Monarchy

Once a monarchy is to be defended like a Lindsay Lohan, the country that ultimately depends on it for stability will end up in far worse places than rehab.

Besides more than enough skin, pictures of a half naked Kate Middleton have revealed why Canada still needs the monarchy. Not so much because of the recent exploits of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, but because of Canadians’ attempts to excuse them and, by implication, excuse the impacts they have on our country.

Canada needs the monarchy because Canadians know more about the Royal family’s mammories than they they do about

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The Scott Ross: The Defamiliarization of a Saturday Morning

This morning, with a brightening glow from my right I looked up from my newspaper to see a fog of falling snow across the yard, neighbouring street, and rooftops below. The unplanned and surprising sight had taken me back, contrasted all the more by the warm mug in my hand and the comfortable cozy temperature of the dining room I was sitting in. The snowflakes dominated the air, making it a mere medium for them to densely fill in.

I was struck by this awareness, not of the snow, but of the snow making what was previously ordinary into something

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