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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

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Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

A matter of trust

posted: 01/28/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Often in the course of my job, I find numerous "facts" that aren't facts at all.

Questionable intent

posted: 01/21/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Some days are chock full of fun for me, between goofy email jokes from readers and the occasional anonymous ranter. I do love to laugh.

Agree to disagree

posted: 01/14/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

When you don't agree with a stated fact, or a divisive figure, what do you do?

No longer listless

posted: 01/07/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Did you hear that sound last Wednesday? It was a collective sigh of relief from word nerds everywhere upon the release of Lake Superior State University's 2015 list of banished words.

Tedious terms

posted: 12/31/2014 3:09 a.m. Comments 6

As I write this, I'm awaiting the release of the Lake Superior State University's Banished Words list for 2015, due to be issued today.

Christmas wishes

posted: 12/24/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

When Christmas dawns on Thursday, I'll hopefully still be in bed ... at least till the crazy cat decides I've slept long enough and that he wants his present now. Yes, I give the behemoth a Christmas present. I like to live.

Law of the letter

posted: 12/17/2014 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

Sometimes the mail brings hefty servings of word salad, but sometimes a bit of protein sneaks in.

The weight of words

posted: 12/10/2014 3:13 a.m. Comments 5

It always surprises and thrills me to see the reactions I get to my writings on words, both here and on my blog. After my last column on words and phrases that need to go away, some readers noted their own pet peeves.

Nitpicking a fight

posted: 12/03/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

For all the talk of conspiracies by the ever-paranoid, no one seems to pick up on this one: Election Day being so close to Thanksgiving and Christmas (as well as several other holidays) is a plot to make newspaper editors' heads explode, what with the onslaught of politics plus the usual holiday hyperbole and rigmarole.

Words to despise

posted: 11/26/2014 3:39 a.m. Comments 2

We're getting close to the time of year when Lake Superior State University in Michigan (among others) releases its annual banished-word list, but why should we wait? There are some words and phrases that deserve being put out to pasture far earlier, which should have happened to some before they even came into being.

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