Tag Archives: language

I’m not used to this flattery.


Copied below is a comment I received on my last post (Apocalypse Now & Then). I didn’t approve it for posting because I first wanted to compose a proper “Thank you” in response. I also didn’t want my readers responding … Continue reading

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MORE BAD LANGUAGE


My occasional posts about language have sometimes caused a little brush with what has been hyped as a “language war” between “descriptivists” and “prescriptivists”.  I don’t think it’s a real war myself, but more an excuse to write, for people … Continue reading

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THE GREY SPEAKER STRIKES AGAIN *


The title is explained at the bottom. Back to ranting about language.  Everybody likes that, right? Someone once called me a “prescriptive linguist”, and I had to look that up.  Apparently, the term dates back to a time when there … Continue reading

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THE SMALLEST CURRENT COIN


. Advice, n.  The smallest current coin. “The man was in such deep distress,” Said Tom, “that I could do no less Than give him good advice.”  Said Jim: “If less could have been done for him I know you … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS WRONG, CHAPTER IV


Judging from the number of clicks at different times, my most popular posts are the  language rants.  So let’s play to the gallery a little, for lack of a better idea right now.  There are lots of other people writing … Continue reading

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“He’s doing THAT again?”


More language ranting.  This time I’ll start with something that’s not really “wrong” in any way, but sometimes boring can be worse than wrong.  Ask any sullen adolescent.  It makes the listener shut down, ending all communication and producing a … Continue reading

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A good whine, I believe I’ll have another.


Enough people seemed interested in my last rant about language that maybe a sequel could be tolerated, just to make sure this horse is a little deader. It will follow a different format, as I try to explain what I … Continue reading

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