Poetic Feet and Mayor Pete

If you're at all like me, at one point or another in your education, you had to learn poetic meter -- all that stuff about iambic pentameter and whatnot. I think I had to memorize all of the different types of "feet" in seventh grade: iambs, troches, dactyls, and so on. At the time I…Read more Poetic Feet and Mayor Pete

Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

HUGE thanks to all of my friends and family who came out to hear me read and play with Tim Simmons and Dave Calamaro at Old Haverford Friends Meeting House on Saturday night. And thanks, too, to OHFM for hosting us! One of the pieces I performed was from a work in progress. I call…Read more Opportunites for Improvement (A “B” in English)

Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”

A regular reader of this blog recently wrote with the following quandary: Q: It drives me crazy when I hear someone say “It’s not dissimilar to…” or “It’s not unlike...”  THEN IT’S SIMILAR OR IT’S LIKE, YOU IDIOT! Please explain this language phenomenon to me. A: What we're dealing with here is a matter of degree. To say…Read more Ask an English Teacher: “Like” vs. “Not Unlike”