Tag: diction

Speaking correct order of words, Yoda is.

When Yoda loses his word structures, he suddenly sounds more like a self-important jerk than a Jedi Master. Speaking Correct Order of Words Yoda Is from MechaStewart on Vimeo.

What’s the Real Origin of “OK”?

I came across this little discussion about the origin of the term OK and immediately thought of folks who might be researching the language we use while texting. It seems that the practice of abbreviating words has been around for…

The Secret Life of Pronouns–Blog Prompt #7

At some point over the weekend, I stumbled across a discussion of James W. Pennebacker, the author of The Secret Life of Pronouns. I didn’t get the whole interview, but Pennebaker’s theory seems to be that how we use language…

Can You Tell One Rogue from Another?

Not all vagabonds are created equal. Some travel in pairs, some steal horses, some steal from the disabled. Fortunately, British writer Thomas Harman studied vagabond-ology back in the mid 1500’s and provided us a with a list of the various…

This might could be a nice database.

Some folks over at that short-named campus in Columbia—the University of South Carolina, or something like that—have compiled what is probably the definitive online database of research and study on the multiple modal. I suspect that some of you native…

Voice, Diction, and Comedy

The television show In Living Color, which I believe you can still watch on some channels in syndication, was a brilliant show produced by the Wayans brothers before they went on to spoof movies. Damon Wayans’ exaggerated portrayal of Oswald…