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From the very funny McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Like and Literally Make a Deal

John McIntyre calls himself a “mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper,” and he writes a wonderful column for The Baltimore Sun on language and usage. Here’s his warning against holiday clichés.

(And incidentally, if I were one of Santa’s reindeers, I’d be Vixen.)

Bitten Gingerbread Man

I love the New York Times‘s After Deadline weekly column, and recommend it to anyone who loves words and wants to improve their writing and usage. From this week’s column:

pixelated. Note the spelling of this word, which refers to the blurred or blocky appearance of digital images whose smallest components — pixels — are enlarged. (And note that a similarly spelled word, pixilated, refers to enchantment by fairies. Preserve the distinction.)”