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November 23, 2009 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
The :nv:s:ble Play is a diacritically witty title: Whenever Colin, one of the heroes in Alex Dremann's play, dispatches an e-mail, the "sender" field appears merely as the punctuation mark ":" (colon) - which has a slightly different pronunciation. It's amusing in a couple of ways: Director Bill Felty's Philadelphia Theatre Workshop production is about book editors, so punctuation is second nature to them. And, existentially speaking, Colin is becoming invisible. Dremann's publishing house specializes in existential books - existential yoga, existential romance novels.
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March 14, 2004 | By Jane Eisner
So its logical isnt it to start a column about the joys and necessity of punctuation without any at all driving home the point that the dots commas and dashes we find so cumbersome actually make communication quicker and more accurate than the sloppy jumble of words that too often passes for english on this side of the atlantic and judging from lynne truss new book on the other side as well It says something about the British that one of the...
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April 27, 2009 | By Sean Coit
My savvy Great-Aunt Mary recently recommended that I read Eats, Shoots & Leaves, a book about the failing state of punctuation in Britain (though the United States isn't doing much better). It's (note the well-placed apostrophe) entirely possible that my aunt noticed a punctuation mistake in something I wrote, but more likely that she aimed to plant the seed of a stickler (author Lynne Truss' term for the grammatically correct) in a writer from my generation. While I share Truss' disappointment with the state of punctuation and grammar - particularly in informal media such as text messages and blogs - I was particularly struck by a sentiment in her preface: "The disappearance of punctuation ... indicates an enormous shift in our attitude to the written word, and nobody knows where it will end. " Widespread neglect of apostrophes and commas isn't likely to scare any college student (or blogger)
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January 7, 1990 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the sentence sounds right, most people scribble it down. What difference will a missing comma or two make? Others will know what they mean - right? Wrong. Gene Robertson cringes at such thoughts. In his class, you had better know your apostrophes and your commas, your semicolons and your hyphens. And you better know your rules of punctuation. Robertson teaches a secretarial class. His course, which lasts for three months, is held six hours a day, every week day, at the A.P. Orleans Center, 1330 Rhawn St. Students receive lessons in typing, filing, operating computers and other office machines, record-keeping, accounting, resume-writing and interviewing for jobs.
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January 30, 1990 | BY DAVE BARRY
Once again we are pleased to present Mister Language Person, the internationally recognized expert and author of the authoritative "Oxford Cambridge Big Book o' Grammar. " Q. What is the difference between "criteria" and "criterion"? A. These often-confused words belong to a family that grammarians call "metronomes," meaning "words that have the same beginning but lay eggs underwater. " The simplest way to tell them apart is to remember that "criteria" is used in the following type of sentence: "When choosing a candidate for the United States Congress, the main criteria is, hair.
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September 25, 1987 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
The American premiere of "Nodiho," an African dance opera. Directed by Dokolo Nzabididi Ya Bilengo, choreography by Tampise Sura Beyung and Wazungu Bilengo, lighting design by Whitney Quesenbery. Presented by the American Music Theater Festival in cooperation with Mwenzo-Africa at the Annenberg School Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., through Sunday. In this, its fourth season, the American Music Theater Festival has for the first time veered away from the stated purpose of its founders to "build the future of a distinctive American art form.
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May 14, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Saul Steinberg, whose pen-and-ink epigrams graced the pages of the New Yorker and the walls of the Metropolitan Museum, died Wednesday at his Manhattan home. He was 84. Throughout his career, the Romanian-born, Italian-educated American emigre hopped between cultures, erasing the border between fine and commercial art. Most critics dodged the issue of whether to describe Mr. Steinberg as an artist or a graphic artist by likening his line to the fractured Cubist geometry of Picasso, his whimsy to the playful flourish of Klee and his metaphysics to the surrealism of Magritte.
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September 6, 2007 | By Mark Franek
As the yellow school bus starts coming around again this fall, it's time for parents and students to start thinking earnestly of school. For a lot of young people, especially teens, the first few days of school are exciting, a time to compare summer adventures, scope out the new fashions, and reconnect with peers. I wonder how many of them will share summer experiences that had something - anything - to do with writing. Not many, I bet. Students are too busy being weaned on high-stakes tests and fill-in-the-blank pedagogy that permeate many of our schools.
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June 29, 2012 | By Megan Ritchie
Saturn rises and returns, and people move in and out of the iterations of their lives: Weddings, divorces, degrees, Pilates, children, vacation, coffee. There is only so much one can fit into a day, a decade, a life. And yet while others may have to take the GRE or write half a dozen cover letters to explore a divergence from the path they're currently plodding, I have only to check my e-mail. The Other Megan Ritchie is a recent graduate of a film academy in New Zealand; I know this because I received her final transcript.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just 13 letters have created some of the longest moments of my life. When it comes to my last name - Edinger-Turoff - I have to spell it out to make doctor appointments, or when I introduce myself. During standardized tests in school, it was commonplace to alert a teacher because it didn't fit in the prescribed number of boxes. Upon signing up for utilities at my apartment, the company couldn't verify my identity because my Social Security number didn't match the last name in the system.
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October 13, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Josh Huff slowed as he neared the end zone Sunday in the second quarter of a 39-17 win over New Orleans. The seldom-used Eagles wide receiver had never scored an offensive touchdown. He wanted to make this memorable. Huff reached the ball toward the goal line and lunged across with a front flip. He crashed to the turf and leaped to his feet with grace. Huff had not flipped for a touchdown since high school. His 41-yard score sure was memorable. "I turned around and saw there was no one around me, so I just took it into my own hands to celebrate and jump into the end zone," Huff said.
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June 9, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg did a little campaigning on behalf of third baseman Maikel Franco after a 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. "He is probably up for player of the week with the homestand and the week he had," Sandberg said. Franco has a six-game hitting streak. In that time he is 10 for 25 (.400) with three doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs. On Sunday, Franco hit a 427-foot home run to left-center that exploded off his bat. "I feel confident and comfortable," he said.
SPORTS
March 9, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Vinny Dalessandro is a powerful force down low for Conwell-Egan. The junior forward is a capable shooter and tenacious rebounder, but when his size-16 sneakers get airborne, the Levittown resident is also a powerful dunker. Well, most of the time. Dalessandro's 15 points and seven rebounds helped the Eagles beat Camp Hill, 71-54, on Saturday in PIAA Class AA first-round action at Archbishop Ryan. However, a pair of dunks he missed when the game was still close caused Dalessandro's coach, Frank Sciolla, some discomfort.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just 13 letters have created some of the longest moments of my life. When it comes to my last name - Edinger-Turoff - I have to spell it out to make doctor appointments, or when I introduce myself. During standardized tests in school, it was commonplace to alert a teacher because it didn't fit in the prescribed number of boxes. Upon signing up for utilities at my apartment, the company couldn't verify my identity because my Social Security number didn't match the last name in the system.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Gun violence plagued Camden over the weekend as a 32-year-old man was shot about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 24th and Federal Streets and two other men were shot late Saturday elsewhere in the city, officials said. Sunday's victim was in critical but stable condition at Cooper University Hospital with two gunshot wounds, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Police determined the gunman in that incident was looking for a specific target but shot the victim in a case of mistaken identity.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Though cutting-edge composers are characterized as not caring whether anybody listens, the John Cage summit meeting of four noted composers assembled at the International House on Sunday was as voluble as can be. Following a performance of Cage's Four6 , the friendly avant-garde legend Christian Woolf, 78, revealed that one source of the performance's singular sound world was a simple Lapstick (a disembodied electric guitar neck) on which various objects were dragged to create sonic effects.
SPORTS
January 11, 2013 | By Thomas Mahon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A go-ahead dunk by Roxborough's Matthew Harris in overtime proved too much to overcome as the host Indians won, 68-62, over Audenried in a Public League Division C basketball game Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-6 junior center finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and collecting 15 rebounds. His dunk came with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give Roxborough a 64-62 lead. Tony Brown led the Indians with 22 points, and teammate Edward Davis added 10. Elsewhere in the division: Overbrook was led by 21 points from Kevin Wallace in a 62-59 win at Master Charter North.
SPORTS
December 11, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More often than not, when the big dog eats, it's good for his team. And as the 76ers move past the quarter pole of the season, it's becoming clear that their big dog is point guard Jrue Holiday. After the Sixers seemed to be feeling things out in the first half of their game with the Detroit Pistons, Holiday went off after halftime Monday night. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half to lead the Sixers to a 104-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center.
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Megan Ritchie
Saturn rises and returns, and people move in and out of the iterations of their lives: Weddings, divorces, degrees, Pilates, children, vacation, coffee. There is only so much one can fit into a day, a decade, a life. And yet while others may have to take the GRE or write half a dozen cover letters to explore a divergence from the path they're currently plodding, I have only to check my e-mail. The Other Megan Ritchie is a recent graduate of a film academy in New Zealand; I know this because I received her final transcript.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
NOBODY REALLY cares who wins at the Golden Globes (except, of course, the people who win), but the show occasionally does provide some news. According to E! News, last night's Best Actor in a TV Drama winner Kelsey Grammer 's latest wife, Kayte Walsh , is pregnant. This will be his fourth child. Say cheese! Laura Kaeppeler , a 23-year-old beauty queen from Wisconsin, won the Miss America pageant Saturday in Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown.
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