Episode 40: A History of American Comics (Part 1)

This week we take a break from English usage points and talk about one of Paul’s great interests, the comic strips of American newspapers. We discuss the early history.

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PhD Comics—A professor writes his e-mail
IDW Publishing
Fantagraphics
Yellow journalism
Toonerville Trolley cartoon
John Alden Carpenter’s “Krazy Kat” ballet music

 

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Episode 39: Words Often Confused

Is Paul reticent about attempting to ride his unicycle in public, or is he hesitant to do that? You’ll find the answer right away when you hit the Play button this week, but keep listening to hear about other commonly confused terms. We’ll be covering more such expressions in future podcasts.

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Commonly confused expressions
Tarzan wears a Common Errors in English Usage t-shirt

 

Episode 38: The Period Is Disappearing—Does That Bug You?

This week we discuss the decline of the period as a punctuation mark and delve into the interesting history of the word bug.

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On the disappearing period (from The New York Times)
More on the changing uses for the period
Edison and the term bug
Grace Hopper and the term debug
Bucky Bug
More Bucky Bug
Bugsy Malone
The Albagenses
The Texas town of Bug Tussle
A list of BUG acronyms