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Steve Provost is a copy editor for The Tribune. His column, “Defining Moments: How Language Shapes our Lives,” explores the power of words — how they can bring us together or, conversely, lead to misunderstandings that cause ever-deeper rifts in an already fractured society. Reach him at 805-781-7913 or sprovost@thetribunenews.com .

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    Many hats, many connections equal a close-knit community

    What’s fun about a small town is you get to know people.

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    ‘Privilege’ stands in the way of necessary dialogue

    Commonality. It’s the essential element to all effective communication. Unless the speaker and the listener have a common understanding of the words and phrases being used, communication can’t happen.

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    Moriarty scoreboard ruling sends the wrong message

    A bankruptcy judge ruled Friday that Cal Poly can’t remove Al Moriarty’s name from its football scoreboard, which means the university is being forced to continue identifying itself with a man convicted to defrauding investors of millions of dollars.

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    Sticking a monkey wrench in the political money machine

    Prepare for the running of the bull. Singular … and with the second, missing syllable fully implied. Or running of the mouth, if you prefer. Both would be apropos in this case.

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    How much do you know about history?

    Apart from my wife, I have two great loves. Fortunately, she’s not jealous of either one, and the two of them coexist in blissful harmony — often hidden away in concealed corners of your local library or bookstore. Few people ever notice them, and fewer still go looking for them, which...

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    The Supreme Court’s redefinition of prayer

    In its recent decision to allow sectarian prayers before civic meetings, the Supreme Court served up a prodigious piece of irony that some advocates of prayer ought to find offensive.

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    Problem fixed with a bandage

    Back in 1972, the late, great comedian George Carlin got up on stage and rattled off a monologue called “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” It turns out there are a lot more than seven dirty words. There are also what you might call the corporate curse words.

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    Pronunciation problems

    Reader’s ear is an affliction suffered by those of us who gather most of our information by reading, as opposed to listening. We may see a word in print and think we know how to pronounce it, only to actually hear it spoken and find out we’ve been making fools of ourselves by mispronouncing...

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    The great comma debate

    I’m a serial killer — a serial comma killer, that is. The moment I became a journalist, I automatically enlisted on one side in a bitter and protracted war over whether or not to use the serial comma, otherwise known as the Oxford comma. We newspaper copy editors are oathbound to seek...

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    No crying in the Olympics?

    The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to four Norwegian cross-country skiers, reprimanding them for wearing black armbands in memory of an athlete’s brother who died just before this year’s Winter Olympics got underway.

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