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2011-04-26 03:00:00

GRENOBLE, France, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WinSoft International Announces the Immediate Availability of PagePlus X5, the Affordable Easy-to-use Desktop Publisher From Serif, in 7 Languages. Creating professional print materials for small businesses working in Czech, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish has just gotten a little bit easier with the release by WinSoft International of 7 localized versions of the desktop publisher software PagePlus X5 by Serif....

2009-08-18 14:55:15

A British man has drawn both praise and criticism from neighbors for painting apostrophes on street signs he claims are grammatically incorrect. Stefan Gatward, 62, of Tunbridge Wells, England, said he changed signs on his street, St. Johns Close, to read St. John's Close because of the importance of proper punctuation, The Times of London Online reported Tuesday. I think one should stand up for things and language is worth standing up for. The trouble is that everything is dumbed down now,...

2009-07-02 17:56:00

Fans, audience members, cast and crew of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages set a world record in New York for the largest air guitar jam session. The event Wednesday, which directly followed a matinee performance of the five-time Tony Award nominated musical, involved 810 people strumming along to music on imaginary guitars. That beat the previous record of 440 people simultaneously playing air guitar, Broadwayworld.com reported Thursday. The record attempt was organized by the musical and US...

2009-04-08 10:34:33

A uniform cap worn by the Baltimore Orioles at least once a week features an apparent typo, a sports expert says. Paul Lukas, the Uni Watch blogger for ESPN.com, said the MLB baseball team's O's alternative cap features an upside down and backward apostrophe, The Sun newspaper in Baltimore said Wednesday. Now, I realize an argument can be made that there shouldn't be an apostrophe there at all, because plurals don't take apostrophes, Lukas said online. But you could also argue that the...

2009-02-24 07:10:00

John Schenkel of Schenkel Productions, son of legendary broadcaster Chris Schenkel, continues his father's excellence in broadcasting; Schenkel Productions, providing video programs nationwide, enters its 20th year in business with a new cutting-edge website NORTH WEBSTER, Ind., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though the two were on different sides of the camera, John Schenkel was privileged to work with his legendary broadcasting father, Chris Schenkel. Taught by the best, John carries on his...

2009-01-30 14:30:56

A decision by officials in Birmingham, England, to drop possessive apostrophes from road and street signs has drawn the ire of education campaigners. The Birmingham City Council said it is doing away with the apostrophes in street names including the former St. Paul's Square -- now St. Pauls Square -- to maintain a consistent citywide standard, The Daily Mail reported Friday. However, John Richards, a retired journalist and founder of the Apostrophe Protection Society, described the policy as...

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2008-12-30 16:45:53

Actor Blair Underwood says that, although there has been no official announcement, his U.S. television show Dirty Sexy Money has been canceled. As far as I'm concerned, we're not doing any more shows, Underwood told E! Online. ABC officially doesn't want to use the C-word -- canceled -- but we're not on the schedule. I would pretty much say we're canceled. Underwood's other small-screen credits include L.A. Law and In Treatment.

2008-08-26 12:00:28

CUTLINES Two men have been fined and banned from national parks after vandalizing this historic sign at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. AP Photo/Grand Canyon National ParkPHOENIX (AP) -- When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense. Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year. Jeff Deck and Benjamin...

2008-08-26 00:00:11

PHOENIX - When it comes to marking up historic signs, good grammar is a bad defense. Two self-styled vigilantes against typos who defaced a more than 60-year-old, hand-painted sign at Grand Canyon National Park were sentenced to probation and banned from national parks for a year. Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson pleaded guilty Aug. 11 for the damage done March 28 at the park's Desert View Watchtower. The sign was made by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, the architect who designed the rustic...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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