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“But” at the Beginning of Sentences

Every elementary school student is taught never to start a sentence with but. But why? Teachers of young students often warn against beginning with but or and simply as a way of avoiding a verbal crutch. All mature writers develop an instinct for...

ringle

ringle  n.— «Universal Music Group and the major labels are about to begin rolling out something called a “RINGLE.” You know, like a single? Except this will be 3 songs packaged together with a ringtone and wallpaper image for...

fright puppet

fright puppet  n.— «To drive almost anywhere here this week is to run a gantlet of advertising for movies about killing.…A fright puppet from Universal’s “Dead Silence” peers menacingly from a construction-site wall by a children’s...

chew and screw

chew and screw  v. phr.— « Whatever happened to the local colloquial term for running out on a restaurant tab—“chew ‘n’ screw”? Or the more universal phrase: “eat it & beat it.”» —“IHOP loses bid to get drop on...