Tag Archives: English

Angels dancing on a pin

I belong to a LinkedIn discussion group called LinkEds & Writers. Topics range from writer’s block to prickly clients to (a soft spot of mine) syntactical hair-splitting. A few days ago, a member of the group asked a question about … Continue reading

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Eats, Shites and Leaves

As I see it, being parodied is a pretty reliable barometer of success. For an up-to-the-minute example, we need look no further than Psy and the 33,000+ parodies his Gangnam Style song/video has spawned. When Weird Al Yankovic hitched his … 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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Prepositions and propositions I can’t get used to

Yes, the title sentence of this blog ends in a preposition. I imagine some readers are wincing, but I grew up after this usage had become commonplace, so (to paraphrase Winston Churchill) ending a sentence in a preposition is a … Continue reading

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Quebec vs. Ontario showdown

A few dates into my relationship with my now-husband, we were chatting in his car and he finished a thought with “If I hadda known.” Say what? “If I hadda known,” he repeated. Insufferable language snob that I am, I … Continue reading

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