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Most of you won’t reshare this…

Over the past few months I’ve seen a growing number of posts on social media, challenging/shaming followers into sharing religious or political ideologies with increasingly passive/aggressive statements. Common variants include such gems as “All y’all ain’t gonna share this, ’cause you’ze ain’t real Christians.” or “This li’l kitty’s gonna be boiled alive, but you won’t reshare, ’cause you […]

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Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe…

On January 19th, 1809, one of the most mysterious and misunderstood figures in English literary history was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Orphaned before his third birthday, Edgar Poe lost both parents to tuberculosis and was subsequently raised by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. It is the adoption of this family’s surname alongside his own, which […]

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Self-Defense Lessons against the “Proper English” Brigade

Having now spent the past four months back in England, I’m rapidly becoming reacquainted with the kind of linguistic arrogance which initially amused me, then wearied me beyond measure after I first set foot upon Britain’s shores some thirty-odd years ago. If I had a Pound for every time I’ve heard such gems as “It’s Tom-Ah-Toe, […]

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