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Comedy: October 14, 2020 Issue [#10413]

 This week: Out There
  Edited by: Waltz in the Lonesome October
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

Life is tough, and things don't always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives.

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.
         -Charles Kuralt

Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?
         -Michelle Obama

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Letter from the editor

An extraordinarily versatile word in English, "out" does some heavy lifting. You might even say it... works out.

Oh, sure, there's the simple definition: "not in." That's boring, so let's throw that one right out. We're not playing baseball or copyediting anything here, so no strike-outs. But the word is so much more than this.

It can change the entire meaning of a word. If you have two functional legs and moderate cardiovascular fitness, you can run... but anyone can run out. Not only that, but you can run out to the store to get more Oreos, which usually doesn't involve actual running because you've been pigging out on Oreos, but the reason you had to run out is because you ran out. Or, like me with this newsletter, you can easily run out of ideas. I mean, really, it's a wonder that any non-native speaker can ever figure out English.

You can use the word to turn anything inside-out. It's one thing to be a freak; it's another thing entirely to freak out. Getting rubbed is often pleasant; getting rubbed out almost never is. (At the same time, getting kicked out can hurt as much as getting kicked.) You turn a lightbulb to install or uninstall it, but you can turn it out with a simple switch. You can put lots of things almost anywhere, but you can only put out something that's on fire (though it's easy enough to be put out by a situation). You can fall in love, and later have a falling out. Standing is easy enough for most of us; standing out can be impossible.

Normally, people don't burn, but we often burn out. Don't make me talk about leaving out the last word of "wipe out." And it's nice to have time, but not so nice to have a time out.

Oddly enough, you can drink, and you can eat; but you can't drink out; you can only eat out. Or you can get take-out, as long as the food you want isn't sold out -- but it does have to be sold.

What other uses can you tease out? Comment down there *Down* and next month, I'll check them out.

Editor's Picks

Some comedy I found out about:

An introduction  [13+]
a stand-up comedian act
by WakeUp calls from yonder

Dear HumanWhisperer  [E]
A cat seeks advice for his lovesick human
by Plague

 Choices  [E]
Edgar has to choose. (Flash Fiction)
by Hyperiongate

 A Great Big Hug  [18+]
A young man's tragic obsession with the legend that was Barney the Dinosaur.
by Austin Kimmell

 We're Not In Kansas Anymore  [E]
Max the Golden Retriever wins a couple of hearts
by DollarDays is painting

 A-Camping We Will Go  [13+]
A vampire camping trip. What could be more fun?
by Ashley

 Resignation  [13+]
Comedic resignation letter written for Writer's Cramp.
by Diane

A Conversation with Ollie  [E]
My old dog and I had a heart-to-heart... A Pet News Contest Entry
by 🌓 HuntersMoon

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Ask & Answer

Last pumpkin spice time, in "Pumpkin Spice, I talked pumpkin spice about pumpkin spice.

ɐʇsıɹ⋊ uǝǝuΌ soɐɥƆ : I love the taste of pumpkin, but not so much the spices. Except in Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator beer. Amazing!

         I like everything I've tried from Saint Arnold's, and it's been way too long since I visited Houston.

Write 2 Publish 2020 : I love pumpkin spice and have it warming in my scentsey

         Please do not tell me what a scentsey is. By the name alone, I simply do not want to know.

Fivesixer (Halloween version) :
It's a magical time of year...


Sand Castles Shopgirl 739 : What an amusing take on Pumpkin Spice. I particularly loved the explanations of the ingredients, that most of us bakers know, and those that the all of the consuming public have absolutely no inkling of!!!!

         Well, I believe in truth in advertising -- when it suits me.

So that's it for me for October! Go out and have a good time -- with proper precautions, of course. Until next month,


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