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Jonathan Swift

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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: CRAQUELURE You've seen the pattern of fine...
  • 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 “...
  • 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...
  • Moist slacks

    In an antic moment last week, The New Yorker pitched an appeal to readers: What word would you most like to eliminate from the English language? Awesome and epic won some votes because of overuse, phlegm from disgustingness, but moist, which has...
  • A modest proposal for fiscal misery: Make them hurt in Brentwood and beyond

    We're in a bind here in California, mates, in case you hadn't noticed. The till is tapped, the budget deficit is bigger than the great outdoors, and lately even the sun has disappeared. What's crystal clear is that the governor can't fix this mess. His...
  • Jason Segel, Emily Blunt May Book 'Gulliver's Travels'

    "Gulliver's Travels" may be getting some little big stars. Emily Blunt has been made an offer to co-star in Jack Black's version of Jonathan Swift's classic satire, and Jason Segel is in talks to join both, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Blunt...
  • Jack Black Embarks on 'Gulliver's Travels'

    Jack Black will star in a new version of "Gulliver's Travels." Set at 20th Century Fox, this latest take on the Jonathan Swift classic will be directed by Rob Letterman from a script adapted by Joe Stillman, with a rewrite by Nicholas Stoller ("...
  • Will the Honorable Gentleman please shut his yap?

     
    Someone told me that one line of defense being trotted out for South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson's ill-bred and uncouth shout of ''You lie!'' at President Obama is that that sort of thing is done all the time in Britain's House of Commons....
  • Unpredictable, serendipitous Tasmania

    Unpredictable, serendipitous Tasmania
    Only toward dawn did the sea begin to calm. I rose from my berth and glanced out the window. The setting moon cast a broad light on the rolling waters of the Bass Strait, and in the distance, the lights of Tasmania began to dot the darkness. We had...