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Blog Du Jour

Brand, Brand, Brand

Hmm, do you detect a theme to the blogs listed below? If you're working on your company's or product's brand, these sites offer advice, insight, real-world examples and more. Check them out:

Brand Autopsy

Brand Infection

Brand New

BrandCurve

BrandNoise

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Dog Eared

Books we love

Best Books Ever

A couple of weeks ago we listed lists of the Best Books of 2007. Today we offer lists of the 100 best fiction and nonfiction books ever. At least according to the Modern Library. Here are their lists (and a competing one). And here are a few of your humble editor's favorite books from said lists:

A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Wilson

The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

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So what exactly makes a word the Word of the Year? The Visual Thesaurus traveled to the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Chicago last week to find out. For the past eighteen years this scholarly group has been selecting words or phrases that have become newly prominent or notable in American English. Their goal is to demonstrate that change in language is normal, nonstop -- and even fun.  Continue reading...
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How do words enter our lexicon? Which ones survive in our language? Which ones die? Forensic linguist Dr. Allan Metcalf has developed a method to predict the success or failure of a word that's almost foolproof. English professor and registrar of MacMurray College in Illinois, Allan is also the Executive Secretary of the American Dialect Society, which famously announces their annual Word of the Year. It is this exercise that served as the catalyst for Allan's investigations, which he explains in his book Predicting New Words. We spoke to him about his fascinating findings, and, of course, the Word of the Year:  Continue reading...
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Blog Du Jour

Workshops and Conferences for Writers

Want to brush up on your writing craft? How about attending a writing workshop? Here are a few of the many outstanding writing workshops and conferences held from coast to coast:

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

Bread Loaf Writers Conference

Maui Writers Conference

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VT Tip o' the Week

The Word Display

Words are connected to meanings by solid lines. Meanings are represented by circles that are color-coded to indicate their part of speech. There are four parts of speech represented in the Visual Thesaurus: Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. All the words connected to the same meaning are synonyms. Antonyms, pairs or words that express opposite concepts, are connected by dashed red lines.
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