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Grammar anomaly

Another grammar anomaly seen and sent to me by a dear friend. The following appeared on a coffee mug; 

i before e
Except when your foreign neighbor Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. Weird.
Borrowed from WritingaboutWriting.com.

So I challenged myself to see how many random words I could come up with, using I before E, and use as many as I could in a sentence like the one above.

Upon review it is the belief of the Police Chief that a dark fierce fiend was what caused the courier to die, causing my friend to suffer much grief as she seeks some brief relief by viewing the field's sadly dried up crop yield she cried deeply.

It's been a while

It's been a while since I posted anything. I have actually begun writing the 3rd novel in the John O'Bryan series. As usual I'm taking my time as I don't want to give my fans a sub standard piece of work.
Found this litle grammer gem to help you remember all those confusing words that sound the same.

A comma is a comma.

Thought that this was kinda cute and thought that I'd share it with you.
Not much news to report on the new book I'm afraid, it's slow right now. My health tends to get in the way which doesn't help matters. I really need to get with John and do some in depth talking with him so that I can get going on writing again.

word definitions

OK my fellow book addicts, great news to share. Yesterday I submitted my finished manuscript, The Beginning, to my publisher. Its going to the editor today. I'm hoping that it may be out in time for Christmas, if not it'll be January.
I saw a fun quizz on the internet the other day, of course it caught my attention as it was word play related. It really made me stop and think as I had never before heard some of the words. Do you know the meaning of the following words?
See how you do:

More words

Here is what I call a real humdinger!! If you can read it and pronounce it correctly all the way through, then you can speak English.! This is a true tongue twister!

Word games

Hi Folks, just another brain twister that I came across. You know how I love word play. I am working hard on the sequel to The Pick Up. I'm hoping to have it published before this years end. Fingers crossed.

The difficulties of the English Language

For those of us who struggle with all the words that sound the same, but have different meanings, here's a little help.

More word puzzles

Hi there, I know its been a while but I'm back into writing mode again, working feverishly on the second book.
Anyway, to keep you going for a while, have you heard of PARAPROSDOKIANS? Neither had I. Apparently Winston Churchill loved them.
It is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentenc or phrase is suprising or unexpected. Here are a fw to tickle your fancy;
Where there is a will, I want to be in it.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

word play

So, we are constantly being told how important it is to spell our words correctly. In school we were bombarded with spelling tests and teachers red pen correcting our work. Well do I have something that will not only dispute the issue but will knock it clearly out of the park. I really like this one.
Believe me you can read this;
I cdnuolt blvelee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pwoer of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The English Language as we know it

Being a writer I've always had a facination with the English language.
Let's face it, it can be a crazy language. Here are a few examples of what I mean, no wonder it's the hardest language to learn with all it's paradoxes.
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger.
No apple or pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England, or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
Quicksand can work slowly
Boxing rings are square
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