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The Power of Verbs

Hour 2:           What’s so great about verbs and how did they enter the English language in the first place? We’ll find out this hour with Constance Hale, author of the new book “Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2012).


  • Beverly Kurtin, CCBW

    As a writer whose stroke did the equivalent of CTRL+ALT+DELETE to my grammar. Whoa! Did I say GRAMMAR? Almost all of my language skills went “quickly” into the dumpster. Yes, I just split an infinitive…deliberately!
    After being told repeatedly (redundantly?) that I would never walk, talk, or work again, I proved that my doctors had a horrible case of cranial-rectal inversion by returning to my job as a computer support engineer six months post stroke.

    Seriously, it has taken me many years to get back my sentence sense and I enjoyed the show from the git-go. About the only thing that I did not like about the show was that I did not have a phone with me to ask a question that has been puzzling me for awhile. What in the blazes happened to the word “few” or “fewer?” Now everything is “less” this and less that. Whatever happened to the poor word “fewer?” I hear it less and less.

    And, as we used to say in the wonderful world of journalism, it is 30 for now.

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