Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC


Book Review: Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper

Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper: The Catalysts Driving Business, [Hardback] By Robert Bryce (2014), Public Affairs Publisher, The Perseus Books Group, ISBN-9781610392051, $17.95 Author, journalist, and public speaker Robert Bryce has published many articles on energy and oil use and five books such as Power Hungry, The Myths of “Green” Energy, and the Real Fuels … Continue reading…

Ohioisms

Like everyplace else, Ohio has its own regional dialect – words, phrases, and grammar that are uncommon in other regions. This language is considered acceptable in Ohio, but may seem incorrect or confusing to outsiders. This article highlights some features of this dialect and gives tips to avoid confusing those who don’t speak the local … Continue reading…

Outlandish English

It is always a good time to point out the outlandishness of the English language. Alliteration contains five syllables, none of which begin with the same sound. Dactylic isn’t. A spondee, however, is a spondee. Diphthong doesn’t contain any. Double-u is a word that doesn’t contain a w. Lisp is hard to say when you have one. Palindrome isn’t one. Phonetically is spelled p-h-o-n-e-t-i-c-a-l-l-y, … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Kathleen Ruggeri

This month, Lines & Letters caught up with long-time member, Kathleen Rugerri, who recently changed roles at Rockwell Automation. Kathleen was the previous Manager of Information Development. Kathleen’s new role is Manager, Information Architecture and Content Strategy. In this role, she and her team are responsible for creating technical content strategies for Rockwell Automation’s complex … Continue reading…

Lies!

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel was a renowned fountain designer turned photographer, famous for her definitive work on American mailbox photography, and a book titled Flags Up! Mountweazel’s life was cut tragically short in 1973 when, on assignment for Combustibles magazine, she exploded. Lillian Virginia Mountweazel is a copyright trap. She’s a made-up person who was included … Continue reading…