The venerable Wall Street Journal, which has struck to the traditional broadsheet long past most other newspapers in the country, today appeared on my doorstep a bit midgetized.Â Instead of six columns, the front page sported just five with a narrower width to match.Â What’s going on?Â I didn’t see any announcement of the rationale.
Way back when this blog was a static Web site, a student from the University of Pennsylvania (as memory serves me) wrote me an e-mail with a question that she had to answer for an English final.Â That question involved this sentence, “We are going ice skating,” and asked the grammatical function of “ice skating” […]
I was taken back a bit today when I visited my favorite newsrack to pick up a copy of the Orange County Register. A top banner announced, “Saddam Hanged.”Â But just inches below it, and in a font size not much smaller, another header read, “Tribute fits the man.”
Check over on the right in the sidebar and you’ll find a Word of the Day feature.Â Click on the word for further details. Enjoy!
Speaking of memory, mines (intentional pun using an infamous notword) is tricky, whichÂ I suspect is the lot of most of us. When I learned of President Gerald Fordâ€™s passing at 93, I was quickly reminded of a quote by Shakespeare and howÂ Ford had defied the meaning of it. The quote I remembered was, “So good, […]
Here we go again with what I call notwords, those American English expressions, whether single words or phrases, that have no legitimate basis in actual English.Â I’ve mentioned mines as a particularly egregious and unlearned (read: stupid) interpretation of mine but with a possessive “s” added for some unknown reason.Â I also hinted at “my […]
Okay, so we go from the exquisite English of James Joyce to gutter English, but I am now compiling my list of notwords, those usages that have absolutely no grammatical or linguistic basis in real English but areÂ uttered by way too many people.Â Notwords, of course, can also include phrases such as “my bad.”Â Now, […]
I dedicated this blog to abusers of English, so what’s one of my first posts about? Superb writing as evidenced in James Joyce’s novel, The Dead. Actually, I was spurred to post this after reading a review of the 1987 movie version of The Dead, which is still unavailable on DVD or I’d rush out and […]
Sorry, I’m just getting this operation going, so there will be some gaps in postings at the outset as I iron out style and technical issues.Â I thought you might be interested in checking out another blogger’s List of Top 10 Writers’ Blogs.Â The list is more than a year old, so–for one–it had no […]
Who doesn’t?Â Anyway, I hope to expose the phoneys of the world here who abuse English and get the big bucks for it, while at the same time clarifying how simple it is to compose clear English sentences.Â This will be a periodical blog, depending onÂ my mood and discovery of the latest big-name abusers andÂ their […]