Part 2: Putsch comes to shove
Note: This is the second part of a four-part serial. One installment will be published each week, with the final episode appearing on March 4, National Grammar Day.
Last week’s installment: The troubled girlfriend
“Well, doll,” I told her, “you’d better take me to have a gander at your pal Guy Fawkes.”
“How’d you know his name was Guy?” “Skip it,” I said.Read more
Today is my sixty-fifth birthday. If my mother were still alive, I would have received a check in the mail for $65.65. (The last birthday check she sent me was for $50.50.) And she would have called at 7:30 a.m. to remind me what she had been doing at that hour sixty-five years previously.
To mark the day, at noon a man will smear dirt on my forehead and tell me that I am going to die.Read more
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:
The expression “stubborn as a hog on ice,” though vivid, is of unclear origin and varying interpretation, including independence and helplessness. Similarly, the Latinate contumacious (pronounced kahn-too-MAE-shus)Read more
National Grammar Day, March 4, is a month away. To commemorate it appropriately, you may want to prepare yourself:
Item: Interest and expertise in, and commitment to, grammar and usage are not best displayed by behaving like a common scold.Read more
Note: This is the first part of a four-part serial. One installment will be published each week, with the final episode appearing on March 4, National Grammar Day.
Part 1: The troubled girlfriend
I was sitting at my desk after the afternoon news meeting, waiting for the flow of blood to return to the brain.Read more
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: “Why do editors use the word ‘regret’ when making a correction?Read more