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  • The Horror, the horror (math and grammar in one lesson)

    10/16/2014 9:57:39 AM PDT · by Doctor 2Brains · 26 replies
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    The other day, an English professor (retired) showed me a story in a magazine and corrected an interesting grammatical issue he found there. I at first thought he was crazy, but now I’m pretty sure he’s correct. After all, he’s the prof’. Here it is: When we speak of numbers, certain words always translate to mathematical formulas. “Less” means subtract. “There were ten, now there are three less.” 10-3. Duh. “Times” means multiply. “Of” means multiply. “How many cars were there?” “There were 10 of them.” 10 “OF” cars means 10 X 1.” Or… “I had half OF the six...
  • Professors are feeling hopeless. Good.

    09/12/2014 2:13:42 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 40 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lauren Squires, a sociolinguistic professor at OSU, is distressed by the success of the "Word Crimes" parody from Weird Al Yankovic. Professor Squires tut-tutted, “Many linguists are shaking their heads and feeling a little hopeless about what the public enthusiasm about it represents: a society where largely trivial, largely arbitrary standards of linguistic correctness are heavily privileged, and people feel justified in attacking those who don’t do things the ‘correct’ way.” In his highly entertaining video, Weird Al does not hesitate to insult people who use bad grammar. The professor thinks that Weird Al’s attitude “raises deep and long-standing questions...
  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies
    OneHourSelfPub.com ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • 'Literally' figuratively destroyed by program to remove the word's misuse

    04/23/2014 7:01:01 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 17 replies
    TheGuardian.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Alison Flood
    A new browser plug-in displays all instances of the much-abused adverb as its traditional opposite. It's a figurative blast. My favourite misuse of "literally" came from an august editor at an august publishing house. A debut novel, she declared to a group of journalists, had "literally broken her heart". We all, of course, then made sure to steer well clear. . . . Anyway, Slate has brought music to the ears of grammar sticklers everywhere, pointing us towards an ingenious new browser plug-in which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" on articles across the web. ("That's literally all it does,"...
  • UCLA Accused of Racial “Micro-Aggression”

    11/27/2013 5:03:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 27, 2013 | Mark Tapson
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - UCLA Accused of Racial “Micro-Aggression”Posted By Mark Tapson On November 27, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments About 25 graduate students “of color” staged a sit-in in professor Val Rust’s UCLA classroom recently, alleging that there is a “toxic” racial climate in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. As partial evidence of that poisonous climate, they complained that the grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals are a form of racial “micro-aggression.”The demonstration stemmed from a new report stating that UCLA’s policies and procedures don’t...
  • Pedaling Peddlers

    01/12/2013 4:59:43 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 30 replies
    self | January 12, 2013 | Revolting cat!
    If you happen to care about grammar and spelling, then in these post-literate times you can expect to be considered a pedant by the semi-literate, and a "grammar nazi" by the illiterate. My blood pressure rises when I see misuses of the apostrophe, pluralization with an apostrophe, "impact" as a verb, "pro-active" in all its uses, "there is a lot" and "there is many", "He would have if he would have", among other errors familiar to the readers among whom I don't expect to see makers of such errors. Still, I realize that the battle has been lost now. Here...
  • "Do not turn off your computer" [Grammar Vanity]

    01/12/2013 3:39:35 PM PST · by re_nortex · 84 replies
    1-12-2013 | re_nortex
    I typically spend 94.37% of my computing time in the Solaris or Linux environments but today was one of those occasions when I ventured outside my comfort zone, launching into Windows 8 for a brief while. A series of updates were available and upon the recommended reboot, I was greeted with this message:Windows Update: Do not turn off your computer. Of course, the Unix platforms have never been noted for the precision of their error and informational messages (the notorious "not a typewriter" as a catchall for an invalid ioctl). Yet the syntax of the Microsoft message struck me as...
  • Obama Campaign AD Mistake - Bad Spelling/Grammar

    08/22/2012 10:02:07 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 25 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 8/22/2012 | David Bellow
    I admit, I am not that great when it comes to spelling/grammar. I write a bunch of articles for free and post them up without spell checking sometimes. I make my fair share of mistakes. I DON'T GET PAID TO PROFESSIONALLY EDIT/PROOF READ FOR PRESIDENTIAL ADS THOUGH! I saw this ad online and I had to snap a copy of it. The person who designed this ad for the Obama Victory Fund 2012 does not know when to use "along" or "a long" FAIL
  • Grammar sticklers may have OCD

    07/28/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT · by garjog · 132 replies
    The Web of Language Blog ^ | Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | By Dennis Baron
    t used to be we thought that people who went around correcting other people’s grammar were just plain annoying. Now there’s evidence they are actually ill, suffering from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder/oppositional defiant disorder (OCD/ODD). Researchers are calling it Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome, or GPS. Maybe you’ve heard of the grammar gene—its technical name is the FOXP2 gene—which may be responsible for a variety of grammatical ills, such as the inability to construct compound/complex sentences or to effectively deploy the passive voice. Now there’s evidence that a variant of that gene, FOXP2.1, may actually cause us to obsessively correct other...
  • How stupid is Obama?

    06/09/2012 10:13:15 PM PDT · by Maven · 63 replies
    If you want to know exactly how stupid Barack Obama truly is, just take a look at this handwritten note that's currently in an auction in Beverly Hills:
  • Fanfare for the Comma Man

    04/10/2012 2:00:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | Ben Yagoda
    Is it safe to talk about punctuation again? Eight years ago, Lynne Truss’s best-selling “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” took, in the words of her subtitle, a “Zero Tolerance Approach” to the subject. Although Truss’s focus on errors drew the ire, if not the fire, of grammarians, linguists and other “descriptivists,” her book was, for the most part, harmless and legitimate. Still, it overlooked a lot. Maybe more than any other element of writing, punctuation combines rules with issues of sound, preference and personal style. And as Truss didn’t adequately acknowledge, even the rules change over time. The two big players...
  • 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

    02/01/2012 12:47:25 PM PST · by Daffynition · 219 replies
    LitReactor.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Jon Gingerich
    I’ve edited a monthly magazine for more than six years, and it’s a job that’s come with more frustration than reward. If there’s one thing I am grateful for — and it sure isn’t the pay — it’s that my work has allowed endless time to hone my craft to Louis Skolnick levels of grammar geekery. [snip] Who and Whom This one opens a big can of worms. “Who” is a subjective — or nominative — pronoun, along with "he," "she," "it," "we," and "they." It’s used when the pronoun acts as the subject of a clause. “Whom” is an...
  • GAFFE-OLOGY: 0BAMA GRAMMAR

    09/30/2011 10:48:50 AM PDT · by hamboy · 2 replies
    The Washington times ^ | September 29, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    GAFFE-OLOGYStrategery, misunderestimated, refudiate: former President George W. Bush and Sarah Palin have been chastised by journalists and academes for their inventive language and occasional grammatical gaffes for years. Now it is President Obama’s turn. Here comes “Obama Grammar: Using the President’s Bloopers to Improve Your English,” a new book that parses Mr. Obama’s command of the language, or lack thereof.“The first wordsmith is, in fact, an occasional stem-winder who is grammatically challenged,” says author and Harvard-educated historian William Proctor, who pored over 3,000 pages of the president’s official speeches and remarks. He’s convinced that Americans — particularly students — can...
  • 7 Spelling and Grammar Errors that Make You Look Dumb

    09/28/2011 1:00:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 243 replies
    work.lifegoesstrong.com ^ | August 5, 2011 | Leslie Ayres
    Many brilliant people have some communication weak spots. Unfortunately, the reality is that written communication is a big part of business, and how you write reflects on you. Poor spelling and grammar can destroy a professional image in an instant.Even if your job doesn't require much business writing, you'll still have emails to send and notes to write. And if you're looking for a job, your cover letters and resumes will likely mean the difference between getting the interview or not.Bad grammar and spelling make a bad impression. Don't let yourself lose an opportunity over a simple spelling or grammar...
  • How to Use There, Their and They're

    09/22/2011 6:46:15 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 94 replies
    The English language is full of problems like the one presented by there, their and they're. Most native English speakers pronounce these the same way; therefore, it is difficult for some to judge in which situation to use which spelling. Each spelling means a very different thing; if you'd like to learn the difference, read on! Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete ("over there by the building") or more abstract ("it must be difficult to live there"). Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to...
  • DOJ Defends Bad Grammar

    09/19/2011 8:29:50 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    The Obama Department of Justice has ruled that Arizona school districts may not dismiss teachers who have poor grammar skills. “In an ideal world we would hope that those teaching our children would be able to set a good example,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “In the real world we must make compromises.” Holder pointed out that “the rules of grammar are only a convention. Non-discrimination is the law. There should be no question in our minds over which takes precedence. Besides, grammar evolves through usage. Who’s to say what will be considered appropriate in the future? What the law...
  • How to keep the grammatically challenged off the Internet.

    08/07/2011 12:36:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    Happy Place ^ | August 7, 2011 | Matthew Baldwin
    If the atrocious illiteracy of the average Internet commenter has ever driven you to anger, frustration, or violent homicidal thoughts, you'll love this series of Internet CAPTCHAs, created by Matthew Baldwin. By requiring you to discern from various sets of simple but somehow commonly mistaken words just to be allowed online, these CAPTCHAs would rapidly rid the web of phrases like "Your an idiot" and "I'm definately getting Nickelback tickets." We dream of a day when this Internet entrance exam is mandatory, creating a grammatically sound, idiot-free online experience for the four of us who actually pass it. Below are...
  • Don't Kill the Oxford Comma!

    07/22/2011 10:38:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUN 30, 2011 | MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
    The university hands down a new edict about punctuation -- but the world's grammar nerds will never back downGrammar lovers today were saddened, shocked, and mightily displeased at the news that the P.R. department of the University of Oxford has decided to drop the comma for which it is so justly famed. As GalleyCat reported, the university's new style guide advises writers, "As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write 'a, b and c' not 'a, b, and c'." Cue the collective gasps of horror. The last time the nerd community was this cruelly betrayed, George...
  • ultra-vanity : English major needed.

    02/18/2011 12:37:57 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 98 replies
    2 18 11
    I know what a noun is, and what a verb is, but when people use the word "like" in a sentence, "And he was like really mad." Is there a term for the usage of "like" in that context?
  • Americans are angry with us for polluting their language

    02/07/2011 5:08:46 AM PST · by NCjim · 138 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 7, 2011 | Kath Hinton
    After mangling our language for years, Americans are complaining about the invasion of traditional British lingo, says Kath Hinton. New Yorkers always fall for a nice English accent: whenever my well-spoken sister-in-law visits, they trill at her flowing diction and faultless vowels. Coming from Liverpool, I have a trickier time. In fact, I stopped ordering butter after three waiters in one smart restaurant failed to grasp my pronunciation. "Bootta! Bootta!" I pleaded, while my American friends wept with joy at my embarrassment. Now, however, it is the words we Anglo-Saxons use, not how we say them, that is causing a...
  • Death by Deconstructionism

    01/24/2011 3:18:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2011 | Larrey Anderson
    The talking heads continue to yap about the source of the savagery driving Jared Lee Loughner. Many on the left have tried, and failed, to pin the blame for the Tucson massacre on the Tea Parties or, just as ridiculous, on Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, the 900-pound gorilla in the interrogation room remains unquestioned and unchallenged. Its name is "deconstructionism." Deconstructionism is historical relativism on crack cocaine. The "theory" is being freely and openly distributed to almost every college student in America. Courses in most of the humanities typically include the works of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. In fact, it...
  • Jared Lee Loughner's Statements Tied to Conspiracy Theory

    01/10/2011 3:32:56 AM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | January 9, 2010 | Carrie Budoff Brown
    Jared Lee Loughner’s rants about grammar and mind control track closely to the writings of a conspiracy theorist who believes that is how the government controls the populace, one leading group says – and the man tells POLITICO he agrees with some of Loughner’s statements. The far-right activist, David Wynn Miller, said in a telephone interview that he didn’t know Loughner, but agreed with his statement in a YouTube video that “the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar.” “Absolutely I would agree with it,” said Miller, 62, a former tool-and-die maker from Milwaukee...
  • Help Required...

    01/09/2011 5:13:33 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 39 replies · 3+ views
    Myself ^ | Sunday, 9 January 2011 | Mayr Fortuna
    Freeppers? In the sixties late century I had my first English Course which was Eletronic Teacher (one of this boondozels pseudo-cientific thing that used bone induction subliminar learning techs...) and at end sixties Thomas Gefferson House in Brazilia - Brazil for two years... I do have great difficulty with the double letters in words, as pp, ll, ss and so on... Can you help me with a rule?
  • Head forced to apologise after teacher sends school report littered with spelling mistakes

    11/30/2010 6:03:31 AM PST · by Cardhu · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | November 30th 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A headteacher has been forced to make a grovelling apology after a bungling teacher sent a school report to a pupil littered with at least FOURTEEN grammatical errors. The short report sent by the schoolgirl's form tutor was strewn with misspellings, incorrect apostrophe use and bad sentence construction. Shockingly, the first error can be found in the subject line of the email, titled: '...... form tutor report for parents everning'. The short report, sent by a form tutor at Gleed Girls' Technology College,in Lincolnshire, was littered with misspellings and grammatical errors The teacher, from Gleed Girls' Technology College, Spalding, Lincolnshire,...
  • [Devotional] God Exalting Grammar

    10/02/2010 9:02:36 PM PDT · by streetpreacher · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 31, 2007 | John Piper
    This is some of the most Biblical God honoring passionate moving language that I have ever heard from a preacher of His Word... and I catch just a glimpse of not only God's glory but our place in it... delighting in the glory of God... and working to produce that joy in others.
  • Madison Ave. Cutting Costs by Eliminating Copyeditors? (vanity)

    10/02/2010 2:02:57 PM PDT · by firebrand · 22 replies
    various current TV commercials | October 2, 2010 | firebrand
    Forgive me for the vanity, but I have been watching a lot of TV for the first time in many years, and I can't help noticing how the grammar standards have fallen. Back in the fifties, the slogan "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should" was widely criticized for helping to abet the breakdown of the like/as distinction. "Like" used to apply to nouns, and "as" to verbs. I quit worrying about that one several years ago, long after everyone else did.But I promise never to abandon the dangling modifier and the unparallel sentence. A dangling modifier does not have...
  • Debunking Grammar Myths

    08/20/2010 9:51:07 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 110 replies
    MentalFloss.com ^ | August 20, 2010 | Patricia T. O'Conner
    When I think about the rules of grammar I sometimes recall the story—and it’s a true one—about a lecture given in the 1950s by an eminent British philosopher of language. He remarked that in some languages two negatives make a positive, but in no language do two positives make a negative. A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, yeah.” Don’t we all sometimes feel like that voice from the back of the room? When some grammatical purist insists, for example, that the subject has to go before the verb, aren’t we tempted to reply, “Sez you!”?...
  • Teen Struck By Lightning Standing In Garage

    07/22/2010 6:29:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    WSBTV ^ | July 22, 2010
    A teenager was recovering from a lightning strike that happened while he stood inside his own garage on Wednesday afternoon. Stephon Owens, 15, was just about to push a button on the garage door opener when a surge of electricity shot through the house on Bell Meade drive in Douglas County, his parents told Channel 2 Action News reporter Eric Philips. “They came in here to put the basketball hoop together and ….and that’s when it went through his arm,” said Sabrina Bryan, Owens' mother. The teenager and his father were working to assemble a basketball net when the storm...
  • Vanity - Homeschool advice needed!

    06/20/2010 6:01:43 PM PDT · by narses · 44 replies · 1+ views
    My neighbors are thinking of homeschooling, three girls, 3rd, 5th and 6th grade. They asked my advice about online curriculum and resources, especially in math and grammar. Any suggestions, links and experiences most welcome.
  • Grammar Police Alert! I Laid An Egg On Aunt Ruth's Head is For You and For Us All

    04/03/2010 5:09:52 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 110 replies · 1,633+ views
    I was recently reminded of how our Grammar and other, um, correcting Free Republic members - beloved as they are - are invaluable to our growth as individuals and as Free Republic posters.... (see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2485902/posts?page=5 post 3 and 4 for that latest reminder...) Anyway, Joel Schnoor of Apex, NC, has written this blockbuster book (a sleeper best selller) that I want to recommend to all Grammar "Police" here on Free Republic and those who "grow" from their corrections, um those marvelous teaching moments.
  • Liberal Criticism of the Tea Parties & Something We Can Do

    04/01/2010 11:54:35 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 36 replies · 873+ views
    My head & Flickr | 4/1/10 | Hoagy62
    It is not my intention to raise controversy, nor is it my intention to belittle anyone, but I feel I need to speak about something that is bothering me.
  • What will you tell them (Vanity)

    03/20/2010 8:07:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies · 302+ views
    3/20/10
    I ask you if you died tonight and after you met our maker you met these three men and they asked you: "What did you do with the Republic we give you?" What would be your answer?
  • Grammar vandals awarded book deal

    01/05/2010 9:03:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 1,973+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 4, 2010
    PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Two U.S. men convicted on federal vandalism charges for fixing typos on public signs said they have landed a book deal to write about their adventures. Benjamin Herson of Oregon and Jeff Deck of Massachusetts said they were given a $150,000 advance to write "The Great Typo Hunt," which is due out Aug. 3, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Monday. The men were sentenced to probation and ordered to stay out of national parks for a year for correcting the grammar on a 70-year-old sign at the Grand Canyon's South Rim during their 2008 cross-country...
  • Notice: "ALOT" is NOT a word [shameless grammar-Nazi vanity]

    07/06/2009 8:42:48 AM PDT · by TChris · 243 replies · 3,959+ views
    TChris | 7-6-2009 | TChris
    Please use "a lot", since those words are actually in the dictionary. </grammar rant>
  • Roadkill on the Information Superhighway

    03/30/2009 8:22:52 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 30, 2009 | Deborah Lambert
    Roadkill on the Information Superhighway by: Deborah Lambert, March 30, 2009 Charlotte Allen reminded readers on mindingthecampus.com that when you hear the words “for the 21st century” in conjunction with an educational topic, “you know it’s time to run for cover.” Here’s why: During a recent conference of English teachers in San Francisco, a report released by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) suggested that teachers should “quit emphasizing essays and formal papers” . . .and “bring 21st-century writing habits into the classroom.” Allen noted that as recently as five years ago, this would have meant “blogging, e-mailing,...
  • The I’s Have It (Obama confuses "me" and "I")

    02/24/2009 10:38:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 65 replies · 1,928+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 23, 2009 | Patricia T O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman
    When President Obama speaks before Congress and the nation tonight, he will be facing some of his toughest critics. Grammar junkies. Since his election, the president has been roundly criticized by bloggers for using “I” instead of “me” in phrases like “a very personal decision for Michelle and I” or “the main disagreement with John and I” or “graciously invited Michelle and I.” The rule here, according to conventional wisdom, is that we use “I” as a subject and “me” as an object, whether the pronoun appears by itself or in a twosome. Thus every “I” in those quotes ought...
  • Dead Woman Shot By Photographer [Celebrity Justice]

    08/09/2008 12:09:17 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies · 141+ views
    TMZ.com ^ | Aug. 7, 2008 | TMZ Staff
    We got this photo of the woman who was viciously killed during Lil' Kim's birthday bash ... apparently just before she died. The pic shows Ingrid Rivera in an elevator with a group of girls on their way up to the VIP section of Spotlight Live, the club that hosted the party. The party was Saturday night. Last night, Rivera's body was found on the roof of the building in a shed. She died from blunt force trauma to the back of her head. The photographer who took the pic tells us it was taken around 1:00 AM Monday. Lots...
  • Obama's "The Audacity of Ghastly Grammar and Sucky Syntax"

    07/13/2008 10:14:14 AM PDT · by Polarik · 45 replies · 119+ views
    "The Audacity of Hope" ^ | 07/13/08 | Polarik
    I started reading Obama's "Audacity of Hope," to discover more inconsistencies between what he wrote then and what he speaks now. Only problem is that Obama is one of the worst writers I've ever read. It is so bad that the book should be called, "The Audacity of Ghastly Grammar and Sucky Syntax." The book is a mess of run-on sentences that are chock-full of errors in grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Run-on sentences was something that my fourth-grade teacher taught our class how to avoid by breaking them into separate sentences. One would think that, by the time he finished...
  • Intuitive Grammar Develops By Age Six, Say Researchers

    04/28/2008 7:42:26 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 611+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-28-2008 | University of Liverpool
    Intuitive Grammar Develops By Age Six, Say Researchers ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2008) — Psychologists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that children as young as six are as adept at recognising possible verbs and their past tenses as adults. In a study conducted by the University's Child Language Study Centre, children aged between six and nine were given sentences containing made-up verbs such as 'the duck likes to spling' and were asked to judge the acceptability of possible past tense forms. The study focused on the process the children used to come to their conclusions rather than whether their...
  • Leapin’ Larry’s Prayer Proclamation

    04/24/2008 6:57:17 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 6 replies · 108+ views
    Mixed Media ^ | 4/22/2008 | M. Underwood
    Leaders to adorn sackcloth and ashes to fight crime At Tuesday’s Birmingham City Council meeting, Mayor Larry Langford proclaimed Friday, April 25, a “day of prayer in sackcloth and ashes” in Birmingham. Birmingham Weekly reported two weeks ago that the mayor purchased 2,000 burlap sacks for ministers and other community leaders to wear at a Plan 10/30 summit. To many Christians, sackcloth and ashes symbolize humility and repentance, but the mayor’s decree came dressed with the usual accoutrements - printed on fine, invitation-stock paper and wrapped in a bright silver folder, adorned by the magic hat logo Langford commissioned for...
  • American Elites Batter the English Language

    02/24/2007 10:03:44 AM PST · by rhema · 241 replies · 2,721+ views
    Human Events ^ | 02/23/2007 | Deroy Murdock
    "If I was President, this wouldn't have happened," John Kerry said during Hezbollah's war on Israel last summer. As 2004's Democratic presidential nominee should know, he should have said, "If I were President…" It's sad, but hardly surprising, that the subjunctive evades someone of Kerry's stature. The English language is under fire, as if it strolled into an ambush. It would be bad enough if this assault involved the slovenly grammar, syntax, and spelling of drooling boors. But America's elites -- politicians, journalists, and marketers who should know better -- constantly batter our tongue. The subjunctive, for instance, lies gravely...
  • A new pronoun? What's a hu to do? Gender-neutral terms spur bruising debate

    06/24/2007 2:29:33 PM PDT · by rhema · 86 replies · 2,619+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press | 06/23/2007 | WILLIAM WEIR
    For at least 150 years, people have been trying to solve the pronoun dilemma. That would be the dilemma that causes odd word formations out of fairness to both genders: "he or she," "him or her," or "s/he." Some avoid the gender question altogether by speaking in the plural, as in "If anyone asks, tell them what they need to know." Some people have taken the more extreme approach of devising entirely new pronouns that specify no gender. "Ne," "hizer," "thon," "shem" and "herm" are just a few that came along and faded quickly. They're known as gender-neutral, or epicene,...
  • Letter from my child's public school - Vanity

    02/21/2007 2:25:29 PM PST · by Onelifetogive · 107 replies · 1,896+ views
    My Child's School ^ | 2/21/2007 | Onelifetogive
    Helping Your Child Prepare 1. Be sure your child/children get plenty of rest the night before the test and eat a good breakfast on testing days(sic) 2. The morning of the test-taking day should be calm for your child. Make sure that you and your child are not rushed and that your child has time to prepare for the day. 3. Take time to talk with your child about your confidence in him or her. Encourage your child to take the test serious, but don't cause your child to be anxious about the test. Let your child know that you...
  • Officials identify substance found at post office (trypanosomiasis)

    12/14/2006 1:25:25 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 45 replies · 1,986+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | 12/14/06
    Not allowed to post articles from the El Paso Times... All I can do is give you the link.
  • Language Guardian

    12/07/2006 8:13:04 AM PST · by Excellence · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Wall Street Journal Opinion Online ^ | Thursday, December 7, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST | BY JOSEPH EPSTEIN
    If there is a better losing cause than the fight against slovenly language, I am unaware of it....A man who has taken it on is Robert Hartwell Fiske, who runs an online monthly journal called the Vocabula Review (www.vocabula.com), which, as Mr. Fiske writes, "battles nonstandard, careless English and embraces clear, expressive English," and hopes to encourage its readers to do likewise. Vocabula means "words" in Latin, and words are the name of Mr. Fiske's game. Read the Vocabula Review, and you will be convinced that the battle ought to be yours, too. Mr. Fiske is the latest--and let us...
  • The revival of grammar: SAT helps return clauses, commas to the classroom

    10/26/2006 6:18:19 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 24 replies · 606+ views
    Mike Greiner teaches grammar to high school sophomores in half-hour lessons, inserted between Shakespeare and Italian sonnets. He is an old-school grammarian, one of a defiant few in the Washington region who believes in spending large blocks of class time teaching how sentences are built. For this he has earned the alliterative nickname "Grammar Greiner," along with a reputation as one of the tougher draws in the Westfield High School English department. Or, as one student opined in a sonnet he wrote, "Mr. Greiner, I think you're torturing us." Greiner, 43, teaches future Advanced Placement students at the Chantilly, Va.,...
  • Souter is right and Thomas is wrong

    10/20/2006 9:28:44 AM PDT · by qlangley · 14 replies · 576+ views
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 20 October 2006 | Quentin Langley
    SCOTUS has weighed in on a very controversial topic, though since it was not the issue of the case, the ruling cannot be said to be definitive. In both written and spoken English (both British and American usage) there is a growing tendency to omit the "s" after the apostrophe in the genitive form of singular nouns ending in "s". Traditionally this was the practice only in the plural, thus it would be "New Yorkers' preferences are generally for the Democrats" but "Kansas's voting record leans towards the Republicans". One of the largest parks in central London is St James's...
  • Why don't the Liberals get it?

    09/27/2006 5:45:16 AM PDT · by PaForBush · 22 replies · 827+ views
    September 27, 2006 | vanity
    When are Liberals going to get it? The result of the past several elections show that the country is very nearly split 50-50 and yet liberal movie stars and musicians go out and bash Republicans. Why deliberately poke the eye of 50% of your potential market - Econ 101 anyone? As a result movie revenues are down, concert tickets aren't selling (Dixie Chicks) major contracts are not being renewed. The same with news outlets. The NY Time, LA Times, WAPO, etc. are all reporting declining revenue and profits. Gee, is there any link to the fact that they go out...
  • A for Exceptable

    09/15/2006 9:49:05 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 38 replies · 710+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    College administrators are scratching their heads trying to figure our how the straight-A students they accepted tanked on the SATs. “The University of California system, for instance, reported a 15-point drop in applicants’ scores but no corresponding dips in other measures of their quality, such as class rank and grade-point average,” Eric Hoover reports in the September 8th issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. “At La Salle University in Philadelphia, SAT scores fell an average of 15 points for applicants and about 10 points for admitted students even though officials had not altered their admissions strategies.” “Robert G. Voss,...
  • Deconstructing Derrida

    07/24/2006 10:33:29 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 11 replies · 607+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 24, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As readers of this space know, we frequently subject academics to what we view as constructive criticism. As travelers through the blogosphere may have noticed, they sometimes answer those critiques. “Someone named Candace de Russy (on the usually unbearably dreadful National Review blog on the university situation 'Phi Beta Cons') cites someone else named Laura Ventura at Accuracy in Academia to the effect that the fact that the journal Critical Inquiry has more citations of Derrida and Marx than of C. S. Lewis and Thomas Jefferson is an indication of the journal’s ‘anti-American, anti-war, and anti-Christian’ stance,” Bucknell sociologist Alexander...