Sunday Spotlight

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.

  1. 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)
  2. Language usage also forms a significant basis for an author’s Writing Voice, which The Procrastinating Writer discusses here.
  3. Jennifer Blanchard considers the word “should” and how to get rid of it.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!


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