Author Archives: stanleygraphics

About stanleygraphics

I am a veteran graphic designer who started at the time when cut and paste meant an X-acto knife and rubber cement. I use my experience to educate others. I have an intolerance for ignorance and stupidity.

Broken Zipper

You are a rare person if you’ve never had a zipper pull break off in your hand as you are pulling up a zipper.         The reason zipper pulls break off so easily is that they are … Continue reading

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How Do You Describe the Native of a Place

The terms that describe the residents of a place are diverse, interesting, and sometimes funny. Some terms are simple and obvious, such as “Texan.” But if you are from New York, you are a “New Yorker.” Peculiarly, people from Florida … Continue reading

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The Y’know Epidemic is Getting Worse

I know, y’know, that I have written about this before, but I needed to vent about it once more because I find it so repulsive. The use of “y’know” as a y’know crutch word is so y’know annoying to me that … Continue reading

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Pronunciation 4.0

There are many words the television newscasters should pronounce correctly without difficulty. However, I have witnessed numerous news clips where the word anti-Semitism has been pronounced incorrectly. One was on CBS 11:00 pm news last night. It concerned a woman … Continue reading

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Bar Mitzvah is a Person, Not an Event

It is disappointing to me that many Jewish boys and girls (men and women as well) use the phrase “when I was bar/bat mitzvahed.” I have observed that many non-Jews use the term in same way. The language to fully … Continue reading

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Changing Emphasis

There are many words whose meanings are changed by the way that they are pronounced. For example: … to record his voice; setting a new record … permit him to do it; issue a written permit In recent times, however, many … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between “different” and “differently”? Most people use “differently” when they mean “different” because they do not understand the use of adverbs (words that modify verbs of action, like “walking slowly” and “running quickly.” You may also … Continue reading

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