A language lover’s blog

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The longer you practice writing, the more you’ll come to enjoy the play in wordplay. You can subscribe to a Word of the Day e-mail from the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary. Details on how to do this, for free, are at the OED site.

To enjoy a good daily slip of language love, take a look at the Language Log blog: www.languagelog.org. Yesterday’s Language Log entry took note of a new Elmore Leonard blog, a Web site that includes Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. The top rule is: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go.” Leonard is big on sound and rhythm in writing, good guides to stay close to an authentic voice.

Language Log also includes links to some other fine blogs by linguists and lovers of words. Among those is another of my favorites, Geoffrey Nunberg. In addition to his essays in print, he does radio versions for the NPR show, Fresh Aire. Nunberg has a good radio voice, as well as being a good writer. A nice complement, since knowing your voice is so essential to good writing.

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