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Passive Resistance

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“Although active voice is preferred, passive voice is acceptable under the following situations…”

              —IRM Style Guide

One has to wonder if the Internal Revenue Manual’s style gods had their tongues tucked firmly in cheek when they worded their advice in the passive voice, instead of saying something along the lines of, “Although you should prefer the active voice, passive voice is acceptable under the following situations . . . .”

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30 April 2015 at 3:57 pm

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recursively abusively played

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a large brutish man was repeatedly abusing a small young woman verbally, physically and sexually. i couldn’t understand what would be inside a man that he could treat a woman that way

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23 April 2015 at 6:58 am

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“So-Called”

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My so-called friends have fallen under a spell
They look me squarely in the eye and they say, “All is well”
       —Bob Dylan, Precious Angel

Calling it ‘so-called’ all too often makes it so.

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21 April 2015 at 4:00 am

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Spring Cleaning 2015

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High five to SuziQ for kicking this off by getting a start on our garage. Now, to finish that, then to give everything else its due. Spring Cleaning 2015 is underway!

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19 April 2015 at 9:42 pm

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Boy Toy

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18 April 2015 at 3:49 pm

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While Meant

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Meantime life outside goes on
All around you

     —Bob Dylan, It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Today’s edition for Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day e-mail subscription service (see LawProse.org) covers “meantime; meanwhile.” Garner basically covers the basic: “People use ‘in the meantime’ and ‘meanwhile’ to perform essentially the same adverbial function.”

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16 April 2015 at 5:23 pm

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Stretch Far Away

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ShelleyAlmost exactly 50 years ago, I memorized my first serious poem. More than likely, I’d earlier learned the words of many a childhood poem. But the first serious poem I recited from memory was a classic sonnet (yes, Turco, it is one) by one of our classic poets: Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley. By now I can’t even recall where I was able to dig that poem up back then — perhaps one of my father’s books, although he was partial to Robert Browning; possibly a book from our school, although I recall only our high schools having libraries. Wherever I managed to find it, memorizing Ozymandias represented a threshold for me: crossing that threshold was when I became a lover of poetry. And now, less than 3 years shy of the 200th anniversary of the initial publication of Ozymandias, my poetry bookshelves finally gain a volume of Shelley poetry.

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15 April 2015 at 6:30 pm

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