That’s what I’ve found myself wanting to yell at a character in the novel I’m reading. Scene: conversation between Theo and Grace. Background information: Grace is married to Robbie. Theo is a long-term friend of Grace and Robbie. A very … Continue reading
Giving birth isn’t something I’ve done, but I was praying for someone I know who is due to be doing that any time now – which got me thinking about labour pain, and about suffering. We humans don’t generally like … Continue reading
So with all the stuff I’ve been hearing about Melania Trump’s speech, with all the accusations of plagiarism, I have yet to hear anyone address the lie: the lie repeated by her and by Michelle Obama, and, by the sound … Continue reading
I was talking to a friend who has issues with eating and goes to a self help group. I told her I could relate, because I used to suffer from compulsive eating until people prayed for me and Jesus healed … Continue reading
Rumours of the period’s demise have been exaggerated.
(worth reading this post just for the beautiful shopping list example.)
Originally published on The Editors’ Weekly, the national blog of Editors Canada.
“Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style,” declared a New York Times headline. Noted linguist David Crystal had made some comments noting that the period is not requisite in text messages, and as such is used only “to show irony, syntactic snark, insincerity, even aggression,” as article author Dan Bilefsky paraphrased Crystal. From this, Bilefsky – who, just to be cute, left the period off the end of every paragraph in the article – drew the conclusion that the period is going out of style in English generally. As did (obviously) the headline writer.
Which is rather ironic. Tell me: how often are periods used at the ends of newspaper headlines? (Rarely, in case you’re not sure.) And yet this insistent omission has not, over the course of the past…
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I’m not a liar but I recently found myself saying something that isn’t strictly true. At least, that’s how my inner pedant sees it… Talking about my recent car accident I found myself saying I’d hurt my leg. As soon … Continue reading
Religion, people sometimes say, is all about pie in the sky when you die. And why give up good stuff now for something that may or may not materialise later?
So it may surprise you to hear that “later” was not why I became a Christian Continue reading
I’ve been generally keeping quiet and not getting into debates about Brexit because, well, so much of what I’ve been seeing on social media in the run-up to the referendum was so so so ugly… And now, the votes have … Continue reading
There are moments as I wander through my social media stream when I come across a meme that leaves me speechless because it’s arguing with something that I can’t believe anybody really thinks. Imagine you see a meme proclaiming: 2+2 … Continue reading