Hidden Emphasis

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A Fine Line

The Unexpected Benefits of Writing Outlines

Today’s readers prefer well-thought-out pieces over mass-market paperblogs that overload them with information. But how do we write so that it’s worthwhile to read? Everything begins with an outline, even if you had hoped to get around it.

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Dict Picks

Dictionaries and the Everlasting Quest for Precision

In our hasty, information-dense world, we don’t value precise language as much as we used to, even though a single word can mean the difference between delight and disaster. When did you buy your last dictionary?