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NPR is ditching the R word!

Even if you never learned it in school, Latin is still messing with your life.
when people correct other folks’ grammar in a non-education, non-copyediting situation, they’re not being helpful; they’re asserting their perceived linguistic superiority. And while some who proudly wear the badge of “grammar Nazi” or “grammar police” see themselves as defenders of the language, they’re not really enforcing grammatical rules; they’re reinforcing personal peeves.
(via Steven Pinker: 10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break (sometimes) | Books | The Guardian)
"Like many usage controversies, the brouhaha over ‘like a cigarette should’ is a product of grammatical ineptitude and historical ignorance."

(via Steven Pinker: 10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break (sometimes) | Books | The Guardian)

"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.

via World Well-Being Project, “shedding light on psychosocial phenomena using language analysis.”

The Penn Language Log peeps are always doing cool shiz.

Semicolons are well-spoken and stuck in the nineties: snap bracelets, side-ponytails, and the habit of cutting in and drawing attention to themselves, often unnecessarily. Friends with many, enemy to the too-modern colon. A students.

McSweeney’s: List: Grammar Gossip.

I always got in trouble for using too many semicolons in high school (always correctly, but there’s just a low tolerance for them).

Put me in jail anyplace so I won’t have to listen to Robin’s puns anymore, the Joker bemoans in a 1947 issue of Batman.

COME ON.

The bar was walked into by the passive voice.