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You Don't Say

You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.
Me and you need to have a chat about what you call an error

The stickler, encountering a statement such as “Me and Madison are going to the mall,” will usually start to fret about the failure of public education, the decline of literacy, and the descent into barbarism. Expressions such as “nails on the chalkboard”* will commonly be used.

I would like to suggest, in the kindest and gentlest way, that this reaction betrays a lack of sophistication about language.

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The Old Editor wrestles the comma to the ground

Each week The Old Editor will attempt to address your entreaties for information and advice on grammar and usage, writing, writer-editor etiquette, and related subjects.

The Old Editor does not address marital and relationship matters, dietary questions, or automobile mechanics.

 

The question: The Old editor came across this inquiry at an online discussion site: “Is there a punctuation book for dummies?

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In a word: plonk

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

PLONK

The summer solstice arrives today, and rather than light a bonfire or conduct one of the other traditional rituals, my wife and I will go out to the porch as the afternoon winds down and toast Midsummer’s

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Here's a concept: Muslims as citizens

My colleague Liz Bowie reports in The Sun that the school board in Baltimore County is going to consider making two Muslim holy days, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, school holidays as well.

The article points out that school calendars already accommodate other religious holidays:

“Maryland's laws and regulations designate which holidays school systems must observe.

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A contribution to current political discourse

I have fathomed what Donald Trump is up to.

He does not want to be president of the United States, and never did.

When he declared his candidacy, it was a goof, a stunt intended to draw attention and perhaps set up an audience for whatever his next reality show would be.

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In a word: chivvy

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

CHIVVY

To tease or annoy someone with persistent petty attacks is to chivvy (pronounced CHIV-ee, also spelled chivy).

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