Great article on the importance of spelling in this age of anything goes:
“Marshall McLuhan once said Canada is the world’s only country that knows how to live without an identity. What more is needed to bind us together than a dictionary with a 4,833-word entry for “eh” and an account of the profound nationalist meaning of “all-dressed” in both official languages?”
Here’s some good news for writers and artists who use images in their work:
“We are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!”
Well, fellow language geeks, this is really interesting stuff! Don’t click unless you have some spare time to explore all these infographics explaining the evolution of English.
Thriller writer Elmore Leonard died this past week, and several news outlets have been highlighting his famous “10 Rules of Good Writing” — here is a link to his original NYT article, rather than just someone’s reiteration of his rules!
We all do it, make an effort to brand ourselves. Sometimes effectively, other times not so. I know with my own correspondence, blog, and web presence, I’ve made a conscious attempt to convey an identity that communicates something about both my skills and my personality. Here’s an interesting article that addresses this topic well:
A lovely visual rant on language and words by Brit Stephen Fry, accompanied by a very cool “kinetic typography.” Be sure to watch until the end!