Language and English

Dear indigenous of English,

You NO unstand.

it is often the case,
that i do contemplate,
the degree of cockiness,
that i should exhibit myself.

if showing-off too much,
i then beget revulsion.
if i show not enough,
then i'm not man enough.

therefore i trounce,
when being pressed,
on the delicate balance,
that i might have trashed.

now you understand,
'tis not my loftiness,
but my frailties,
that you should endorse.

on the other hand,
with regard to the universe,
my name is Xah Lee,
and i'm still matchless.

— Xah Lee, 2004

For latest vagaries, Disorder of a Man of Letters — Xah's Belles-lettres, please you subscribe of it.

  1. The Writing Style of Xah Lee
  2. English Writing: to An or Not to An
  3. On “I” versus “i” (capitalization of first person pronoun)
  4. On the Postposition of Conjunction in Penultimate Position of a Sequence
  5. The Meddling of the English Plurality on Meaning
  6. Tenses in English
  7. The Meddling of English Article with Meaning
  8. What's Passive Voice? What's Aggressive Voice?
  9. The Harm of Active Voice in Online Dating
  10. A Philosophy of Writing Style: a Guide on Say and Express
  11. an Explication and Explanation
  12. On Speed Reading
  13. (today's) “To Do”
  14. Writing Honesty
  15. Writing: Elements of Style in English
  16. Art of Translation
  17. Poynter Institute, Language Log, Grammar

The Ethology of Jargons, Chantable Phrases, Obfuscations

  1. On Chantable Phraseology
  2. Tom Cruise, 1984, NewSpeak, and the Language of Scientology
  3. Erik Naggum and the Phrase RIP

Phonetics, Symbols, Typography

  1. The Moronicities of Typography: Hyphen, Dash, Quotation Marks, Apostrophe
  2. English Writing Style: Oxford Comma and Strippers
  3. English Phonetics: IPA vs American Heritage Dictionary vs Merriam-Webster
  4. Accent Marks: Trema, Umlaut, Macron, Circumflex
  5. China Dollar Bill Multi-Lingual


Etymology, a pit of history.

  1. English: Etymology of Science
  2. Etymology of Sinister and Dexterity
  3. Etymology of Flamingo and Flamboyant
  4. Etymology of Parenthesis and Bracket
  5. Etymology of Execute
  6. Etymology of Rocket, Spinster's Staff!
  7. Flour Was Flower, Because It's Finest Part of Meal!
  8. English: Ostentatious, Spurious, but Uranian!
  9. English: I'm a sybarite with lots fripperies!
  10. An Etymology Rhapsody on Spiracle
  11. English: Etymology of Tits
  12. English: the Etymology of Blurb
  13. English: Etymology of Blasphemy
  14. English: Blonde vs Blond
  15. Tyke, Imp, Waif, and Les Misérables
  16. What's Belles-lettres
  17. Foodie — What a Effing Word
  18. English: Etymology of “label” and “legend”
  19. Etymology of Drum, Disk, Cylinder
  20. Definition of Fascism, But is it Left-Wing or Right-Wing?
  21. Etymology of Provincial and Insular


more random stuff

  1. The Tyranny of Twit Writing: Facebook Twitter Char Limits and SMS Abbrevs
  2. A Dialogue Between Men of Letters: “Lots” of “Fun”!
  3. English Writing Style: on The Second Objection to Lots of Fun
  4. A Interloper in alt.usage.english Theater
  5. Writing Style: Logic vs Phraseme
  6. Logic Writing Style: the Incongruousness of the Word “Actually”
  7. Swearing in Writing
  8. Epiphany in a Dream: Seat as Inverted Ass
  9. Quora's Future
  10. Allograph, Variant of the Letter s = ſ and Integral Sign ∫
  11. Easy Ways to Remember Latitude and Longitude and Their Order
  12. The Tempest
  13. Literature: Metaphysical Conceit vs Shakespeare Sonnet 130
  14. Hendiatris as Rule of Three? and the Crumbling of Linguistica Logica

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