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Do Good Addictions Exist?

Addiction is an ugly word. Even more so if you know an addict or have struggled with addiction yourself. It associates itself with other ugly words like dependence and abuse. And whether it’s drinking alcohol or drinking coffee, binge-eating or binge-watching, the inability to do things in moderation seems troublesome and unhealthy. But what if … Continue reading

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Why I Write Letters

I have a long history of writing letters. My first letters were to my local neighborhood tooth fairy, T.F. (my mom got real creative with the name), and perhaps receiving money with the response to the letter was positive reinforcement, because I began to write letters to my school friends as well. Just this past … Continue reading

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Prescriptivism vs Descriptivism

I have recently been made aware of a war going on in linguistics. This war is between prescriptivists and descriptivists. In “The Language Wars: Prescriptivism vs Descriptivism,” author David Kendall describes prescriptivists as “believers in hard and fast rules concerning writing and speaking” and descriptivists as those who are “more flexible regarding the validity of … Continue reading