NPR is ditching the R word!
"Like many usage controversies, the brouhaha over ‘like a cigarette should’ is a product of grammatical ineptitude and historical ignorance."
I love this Steven Pinker guy! I always have to fight with people in advertising about grammar usage in ads. I love grammar, but grammar in ads doesn’t have to be traditionally correct, it has to help you clearly communicate your message. That’s what grammar is all about: clarity and communication. Not some stoic set of rules you live and die by.
via World Well-Being Project, “shedding light on psychosocial phenomena using language analysis.”
The Penn Language Log peeps are always doing cool shiz.
I always got in trouble for using too many semicolons in high school (always correctly, but there’s just a low tolerance for them).