M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Language curmudgeons: the next generation

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Over at msnbc.com, I recently chronicled the announcement that the Queen’s English Society is disbanding after 40 years of fighting to preserve the language in amber against the impurities of modern speech and Twitterese.

In the spirit of fairness, I wanted to point you to this gloriously dyspeptic objection in defense of the society and of “proper” English by Brendan O’Neill, the editor of Spiked, an author whom I admire.

I vigorously disagree with O’Neill here, but I get a big kick out of his precocious curmudgeonry. It’s worth a read.

And from the archives, here’s an explanation of why I write the way I write, for those of you who may wonder why I disagree when my own writing seems so formal.

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June 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Apostrophes aren’t really that difficult

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August 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (cont’d)

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Rule No. 17: We never use semicolons; this is because editors and journalism school teachers think they’re highfalutin.

All the rules

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February 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm