Humor – Too Many Clichés?

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Quotes on Spelling

*  My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.  ~  A. A. Milne

*  I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.  ~  Mark Twain

*  When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible. But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.  ~  Marilyn vos Savant

*  A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the word you first thought of.  ~  Burt Bacharach

*  Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.  ~  Thomas Jefferson to his daughter

*  Correct spelling, indeed, is one of the arts that are far more esteemed by school ma’ams than by practical men, neck-deep in the heat and agony of the world.  ~  Henry Louis Mencken

*  … the English alphabet is pure insanity…, It can hardly spell any word in the language with any degree of certainty.  ~  Mark Twain

*  The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it. They spell it so abominably that no man can teach himself what it sounds like. It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen.  ~   George Bernard Shaw

And here’s a nice one on English spelling – attributed to Oscar Wilde

If GH can stand for P as in Hiccough
If OUGH stands for O as in Dough
If PHTH stands for T as in Phthisis
If EIGH stands for A as in Neighbor
If TTE stands for T as in Gazette
If EAU stands for O as in Plateau

The right way to spell POTATO should be: GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU!

What do you have to say of the English spelling?

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Humor – Is Creative Writing Important?

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Julia Quinn on Writing Humorous Dialogue

Author Julia Quinn talks about writing humorous dialogue.

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Humorous Quotes

For a change, here are some quotes by writers that I found quite humorous:

* I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.  ~  Stephen King

* In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.  ~  Andre Maurois

* NOVEL, n. A short story padded…  ~  Ambrose Bierce

* Journalism largely consists in saying “Lord Jones Dead” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.  ~  G.K. Chesterton

* A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.  ~  Bertrand Russell

* I have been commissioned to write an autobiography and I would be grateful to any of your readers who could tell me what I was doing between 1960 and 1974. ~  Jeffrey Bernard

* My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably. ~  George Bernard Shaw

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Humor – Helpful Writing Assistant

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Has this ever happened to you?

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Richard Glover on Writing Comedy

Australian author and journalist Richard Glover talks about the tricks of writing comedy.

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