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Brenda Looper

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Assistant Voices Editor

Assistant Voices Editor

Recent Stories by Brenda Looper

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."

History rewritten

posted: 08/10/2016 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

Don't know much about history

Finding meaning

posted: 08/03/2016 3:02 a.m. Discuss

The conventions are over, and for that I'm truly grateful. Now if only the nausea will go away ...

A growing hunger

posted: 07/27/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 9

Sometimes it would be easy to think that only bad things happen in the world . . . especially if you listen to certain politicians or are of the hyperpartisan sort.

Grudge match

posted: 07/13/2016 2:57 a.m. Comments 4

If grudges were cute and cuddly, there'd be nothing bad about holding them. They're not cute, though, and have a temperament that could make my cranky cat look like an absolute angel.

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