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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

More fun: Turgid Sentence Generator

Since I'm on a "plain language" kick at the moment, I thought I'd share this.
The University of Chicago Writing Program has created a fun "Write your own academic sentence" program. You too can produce some turgid prose like the deathless "The historicization of post-capitalist hegemony clarifies the position of the linguistic construction of the gendered body."
Give it a spin here: 
http://writing-program.uchicago.edu/toys/randomsentence/write-sentence.htm

See also this post.

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.