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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Ineptocracy

Local columnist T.J. Ray noticed a new word — ineptocracy — recently, and decided to look into possibilities about its origin and meaning. (September 4, 2014, Page 4)

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    Mean what you say when you say it

    Columnist Ryan Miller talks about the power of words. (January 17, 2014, Page 1B)

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      Go meet your neighbors

      Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the origin of words and how they change through the years, and then relates change to one of the words he’s writing about. (November 30, 2012, Page 4A)

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        Peace and quiet

        Local columnist T.J. Ray, who spent four decades teaching English, looks at changes in language over the years as well as the amount of noise that enters into our lives, probably without us realizing it. (October 18, 2011, Page 4)

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          Taking a look at ‘beautiful,’ ‘ugly’ words

          Did you know there are “beautiful” words, words that sound nice and leave us smiling? Just as there are “ugly” words, words that don’t sound nice and might make you cringe. Editor Don Whitten looks closer at an annual survey by Mississippi State professor Robert E. Wolverton Sr. that lists words in both categories. (August 19, 2011, Page 4A)

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            The OED – dictionary extraordinary

            It has 27 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words – the Oxford English Dictionary. Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the multi-volume book and passes along a few words he found in its entries. (June 29, 2011, Page 4)

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