Monthly Archives: July 2012

Grammah humah

A man returned from Mexico with a bad case of the runs. Hoping for a prescription of Kaopectate, he described his symptoms to his doctor in florid detail, only to be diagnosed with logorrhea instead. And did you hear about … Continue reading

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Here, have an eggcorn

Grammar is of no value per say. For all intensive purposes, it’s about conveying meaning with clarity. And one of the tenants of good writing is understanding what words actually mean, right? I have a deep-seeded dislike of people who … Continue reading

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Hey teach, what’s up with the grummer?

Schoolteachers are supposed to be our grammatical beacons, no? Well … no. Not my kids’ teachers, at any rate, and judging from my conversations with friends and colleagues, not their kids’ teachers, either. This just in from my 14-year old … Continue reading

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Verbs and verbiage

“Since when did transition become a verb?” This comment by a reader inspired me to devote this post to the practice of coining verbs from nouns – or verbing, if you will. Like the pace of change itself, verbing seems … Continue reading

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