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4 posts tagged with Writing by grumblebee.
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Writer meets arthritis

Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Wring music? How hard can it be?

Can I learn to create melodies? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 15, 2008 - 37 answers

Is Jack Vance hoaxing me? Does "The Lonton Times Historical Atlas" exist?

Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 22, 2007 - 6 answers

"Normative"

What does "normative" mean? Is it a useful word? I only ever see it used in obscure, academic writing, which makes me suspect it's worthless. How is it different from "normal"? My dictionary says it means, "Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar." That sounds like "normal" to me, so why not just say "normal"? Can someone give me some clear sentences that use the word -- sentences that are not written in post-modern, complit speak? Can one use "normative" meaningfully in a sentence about real-world things, like butter, eggs or bricks?
posted by grumblebee on May 21, 2004 - 24 answers

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