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  • In a word: Craquelure

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
  • 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' review: A franchise somehow gets more mediocre without Brendan Fraser

    'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' review: A franchise somehow gets more mediocre without Brendan Fraser
    *1/2 (out of four)   FYI: When punching a lizard in the face, it’s called giving him “the thunder cookie.”   At least, that’s what Hank (Dwayne Johnson) calls it when protecting his stepson Sean (Josh Hutcherson, reprising his role...

    A Word, Please: Stuck in adverb amateur hour

    Years ago, I wrote a column about “whom” and the dangers of using it wrong. What happened next remains one of the weirdest moments in my writing career. A reader sent an email to scold me, but not for anything to do with the word “...

    Book review: 'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

    Book review: 'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood
    In Other Worlds SF and the Human Imagination Margaret Atwood Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 259 pp., $24.95 Great fiction writers are usually better at showing than at telling. Sometimes, though, the job of explaining their creative choices is thrust on...

    A Word, Please: The reason why is historical

    In a 1974 edition of the journal College English, 70% of university teaching assistants surveyed said they marked "the reason why" as an error on students' papers. That's a lot of red ink. The phrase "the reason why" is extremely common, especially in...