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James M. Edwards


    Tue, May 26, 2009

    Word Watch:

    Everybody wants to 'get it right'


    "I've stopped trying to get everything right."

    -- Helen Hunt, Redbook cover piece, May 2008

    "The Times 'got it ...

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    Wed, April 15, 2009

    Why In The World has 'Planet' Become the Word of Choice?


    "...the most original service on the planet!"
    -- advertisement for an Internet service

    "Welcome to the youngest fleet on ...

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    Tue, January 13, 2009

    Word Watch:

    Yes, it's the honest-to-God truth -- 'absolutely' is often less than absolute


    Host: "You're not going to bail her out of financial difficulty?"
    Female caller: "Absolutely."

    Girl: "Mom, remember when we had such a ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    It's All Good


    Even in good times, it's just too easy to declare 'It's all good'
    "This summer ... it's all good."

    -- Promotion for this season's shows on The ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    The Hanging 'Here' is Not Mustic to my Ears


    A few years ago, I noticed a new usage of the adverb "here." It annoyed me in the way some of these new usages do: It seemed lazy.

    I can illustrate it by ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    It's Amazing


    Two months ago, the Word Watch column began with James M. Edwards' "The Hanging 'Here' Is Not Music to My Ears." Today Mr. Edwards, a Squirrel Hill resident, returns with another linguistic ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    Read All ABout 'It';


    I'm all about the whale: Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab in the 1956 "Moby Dick"

    The Word Watch column began on Jan. 30 with James M. Edwards' critique of ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Word Watch:

    If everything is 'amazing,' then what's left to amaze us?


    Two months ago, the Word Watch column began with James M. Edwards' "The Hanging 'Here' Is Not Music to My Ears." Today Mr. Edwards, a Squirrel Hill resident, returns with another linguistic ...

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