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Salungso, Salungki, Salumpuwit, Salungtak, Salompas at iba pa

Salungso, Salungki, Salumpuwit, Salungtak, Salompas at iba pa

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(On the Neutrality of Word Usage) Napanood ko sa Filipino Channel yung isyung tungkol sa paggamit ng ilang “kontrobersyal” na bagong likhang mga salitang hango sa wikang Tagalog. Isa sa pumuknat sa isip ko

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We Are Not Living in a ‘Real’ Word (sic)

We Are Not Living in a ‘Real’ Word (sic)

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(On Word Misuse) Many people have the penchant to misuse words, in the process twisting the meanings of such words and just resulting in more instances of misinterpretation and misunderstanding. On Less and More

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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(Explaining Idiomatic Expressions) A friend at work confided in me that there are some coworkers of ours who comment that I am a very quiet person and that they sometimes find it hard to

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Snider, Sad Songs and Rowling

Snider, Sad Songs and Rowling

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(A Review of Three Books) After I have dropped off Inna at the hospital where she is working now, I decided to go to Chapters Bookstore at Polo Park to check out new books

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It’s Just a Matter of Quote-and-Quote and Then

It’s Just a Matter of Quote-and-Quote and Then

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(On the Technical Meaning of Plagiarism and on How to Avoid Falling into Its Pitfalls) In light of the controversial issue of plagiarism that is on the limelight in the Philippines these days, because

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Many Canadians Are Friendly; Some Filipinos Are Stupid

Many Canadians Are Friendly; Some Filipinos Are Stupid

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(On the Importance of Quantifying Adjectives in Avoiding Hasty Generalization) “Canadians are friendly.” Do you agree? What about the snobbish or hostile Canadian lady you encountered at Walmart one weekend? Okay, “Canadians are snobbish.”

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John, Tumawa Ka Naman!

John, Tumawa Ka Naman!

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(A Tribute to Some Pioneering Comedians of Philippine Showbusiness) Laughter is the best medicine; and for many decades, Philippine cinema has been healing the masses with its share of remarkable comedians. Since the 1950s,

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And the Journey Began…Again…

And the Journey Began…Again…

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(On Commemorating the Death of a Loved One through Poetry) My maternal grandfather died in 2006. He was 91. I served as his live-in caregiver for almost three years, from my day one in

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For Only when One Is Honest with Oneself Would

For Only when One Is Honest with Oneself Would

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(On Dealing with Feelings of Ambivalence through Poetry) One of the reasons I immigrated to Canada in 2003 was to take care of my late maternal grandfather. I spent almost three years as his

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Speak with Your Eyes with Sublime Sincerity

Speak with Your Eyes with Sublime Sincerity

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(On Poetry Writing as Both an Art and a Skill) Some say that anyone who has a pen and paper and has something to say can write poetry. Yes, true, but only if the

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