Here are some of the book reviews, articles and blog posts I’ve been enjoying this week. Want me to feature one of your posts here? Send me a link and I’ll check it out!
This week’s Spotlight is all about the words: specifically, language and its many uses.
- The Eggcorn Database: What is an eggcorn, you ask? Well, technically it’s an acorn. It also refers to a linguistic phenomenon, a combination of mondegreen (‘a slip of the ear’), folk etymology, and malapropism resulting in “an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase of a word or words that sound similar or identical.” (thank you, Wikipedia)
- Language usage also forms a significant basis for an author’s Writing Voice, which The Procrastinating Writer discusses here.
- Jennifer Blanchard considers the word “should” and how to get rid of it.
- And because I really need to read more reviews, here’s Falling Off the Shelf’s review of Friend is not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft. I love that title; not only is it clever, but it appeals to me, since that very phenomenon is starting to get on my nerves (thank you, Facebook. Ahem).
- And finally, Clarissa Draper outlines ways in which you can enhance one-person scenes with dialogue. And her post has a hilarious picture of Wilson from Castaway on it. Therefore, it’s definitely worth reading!