I have been reading Alan Taylor’s formidably learned and formidably researched American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804, learning things on every page about an era in which I thought I was tolerably well informed.Read more
This is a short text from the other You Don't Say site, the one I created when The Sun briefly dispensed with my services in 2009.
Don't make me no nevermind
I can’t hardly think why so many people get all bent out of shape over minor variations in language. Myself, I could care less how people talk or what they write in text messages and e-mails or anything else casual they’re writing at.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:
Slang is the great weedy garden from which hardy new strains grow, particularly when a slang word or expression provides a meaning not precisely available before, or adds a note of color to an existing meaning.Read more
When those of furrowed brows cluck their teeth about how far The Media has declined in our degenerate age, a little historical perspective can be helpful.
Here is A.J. Liebling, his essays collected in The Press, writing about the emerging news of the death of Josef Stalin in March 1953.Read more
I was scarcely caffeinated this morning when I was braced by a challenge on Twitter: “why does the Sun use the pretentious and suburban ‘row home’ instead of the correct Baltimore term ‘rowhouse’?”
Rowhouse is in The Sun’s stylebook. I put it there, even though the spell-check, over which I have no control, flags it every time.Read more