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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

Assistant Voices Editor

Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

Sounds confound

posted: 10/19/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Hay, now! Sew eye here that some peephole think words don't madder. Aisle just bet their hostel to the idea that we pay a tent shun to words. They say it's udder nonsense, neigh, feudal to insist on such!

One sorry 'sorry'

posted: 10/12/2016 2:53 a.m. Comment 1

Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat. I'm sorry if you have been offended by my hunger for fact-checking.

Election rejection

posted: 10/05/2016 3:13 a.m. Comments 9

I imagine that sociologists and psychologists are having a field day with this year's election. That is, when they're not crying over the loss of a sense of reality.

You’re saying it wrong

posted: 09/28/2016 2:50 a.m. Comments 5

I had no intention of watching the debate Monday night (if just because many of the "facts" used on both sides would most likely be at least somewhat fact-free)--on my schedule for the night, besides finishing this column, was intense thumb-twiddling (also known as, "Seriously? Why is this Windows update taking two hours?") and cat-cuddling. Yep, I really know how to live.

Epidemic, again

posted: 09/21/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 2

Yet again it seems we're under threat of communicable disease.

Beyond belief

posted: 09/14/2016 2:48 a.m. Comments 4

All right, I admit it. I'm evil.

Born to be banned

posted: 09/07/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Several words and phrases have the tendency to annoy. Sure, there's the constant misuse of words such as "persecution" (which does not mean you didn't get your way) and "in lieu of" ( think "instead"; "in light of" is not the same thing). And there are the non-words like "amazeballs" and "irregardless."

As Lincoln said ...

posted: 08/31/2016 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Every once in a while, there will be a quote on these pages that will rile a few people up. A few years back it was a letter with a selection of Thomas Jefferson quotes, some of which weren't actually from the philosopher of Monticello (the one pronounced with a musical instrument in the name rather than our state's less-pompous pronunciation). That error, which was before I became the Voices editor but while I was working on the page, made me more vigilant.

Grammar gripes

posted: 08/24/2016 2:52 a.m. Discuss

Two things generally happen when I write about grammar: I get a lot of people applauding me for tackling it, and I'm called out for my own imperfect grammar. This time, it was because I used the phrase "refer back" in my column on "me" and "I" misuse.

Pronoun problems

posted: 08/17/2016 2:50 a.m. Comments 4

A very dear reader, Stanley Johnson, recently reminded me just how much I love words. I've been sadly remiss in my musings on words lately, so will tackle a question from another reader, Marlene Ward of Paragould, who believes I should address abuse of the pronouns "I" and "me."




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