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This week was the last week of work for me as we are embarking on Christmas break. At this point in the school year, teachers frequently are found hovering over the coffee pot mid-day, clawing their way up the stairs on the way to first period classes, applying a second layer of concealer in the morning to cover their exhausted under-eye circles. It’s that time of the year when the precious little snowflakes in their classrooms are climbing the walls, swinging from the ceiling tiles and indulging in a bit too much Christmas candy. They are ready to take a break from learning to celebrate the holidays with their families. The teachers are feeling the same way, minus the desk gymnastics. more
Not so long ago, lots of folks--the ones still writing and reading longhand--gave little thought to what the future might hold for the English language. Many were more worried about dialects that will disappear when death claims the last handful of aging tribal users. With social media and a culture given to haste 24/7, both verbal and written communications are being reduced to abbreviations and symbols. Forward-thinking people may legitimately wonder if the English language is on its way out. more
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