I’m getting better at keeping my mouth shut and not snapping at people when they say things that annoy me. Also not correcting people whenever they say something stupid. But I still have a blog, so here I can say … Continue reading
First of all, a warning: if you hate emoji and emoticons, this post is probably not for you. Me, I <3 the way language is constantly evolving, and I have lots of fun choosing emoji to sign off an email … Continue reading
So do I, and so does John McIntyre, who has written the most beautiful rant on the subject.
If you see yourself as a language purist, a defender of the language from the forces of evil – this one is for you.
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
We were talking about naming inanimate objects, and I reminisced about a certain lawnmower with which I became acquainted – I felt it was important to give him a name if I was going to take him for a walk once … Continue reading
Originally posted on Stroppy Editor:
Steve Finan of the Sunday Post has had a rant about “decimate”. He insists on the “reduce by 10%” meaning. It’s a word I struggle to care about, so rather than get into the details…
Finally got round to watching this debate. kept feeling like heckling… all those times when people talked about “proper” or “correct” usage when what they really meant was standard English… and so annoyed with the false dichotomy that kept popping … Continue reading