Posts Tagged ‘language’
Rule No. 60: TV journalists never “interview” people. They always “sit down with” them.
Rule No. 59: Real-world values rarely increase “exponentially.” It just sounds cooler than “a lot.”
Rule No. 55: A person is “well-known” if spell-check doesn’t underline his or her name in red.
In honor of National Grammar Day, I’m republishing this post from 2011:
Putting those events in the same sentence isn’t a non sequitur. Grammar isn’t a simple system, but it’s easy to reduce beliefs about “correct” grammar to simple cris de coeur that fit snugly in Twitter’s 140-character limit. The #language hashtag is an active one, and much of the traffic blares its horns at a misspelling or a grammatical offense that has slipped through to publication. I’ve certainly sped along in its fast lane — #language is littered with my own objections and funny-to-me observations.
Debates over grammar are like debates over the existence of God or what region is home to the best barbecue*. We all have firmly held beliefs, and what makes the debates so fun is that all of us are right and all of us are wrong.