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  • Columbia Association's language cafe offers international treats

    Columbia Association's language cafe offers international treats
    Wilde Lake resident J.T. Powell has an interesting, perhaps unusual, hobby. He doesn't collect stamps or build model airplanes. Instead, he teaches himself languages. "I would highly recommend it," Powell said holding a tattered Italian dictionary...
  • Peeving about peevers

    I saw a remark the other day that the folks at Language Log are given to peeving about peevers, and it occurred to me afresh how much misunderstanding remains among evidently educated people about what linguists are up to when they expose bogus...
  • Middle school students can get high school credit for foreign language classes

    Middle school students, who take world language courses, will be able to get high school credit beginning next year, under a new measure approved by the Harford County Board of Education Monday night. Barbara Canavan, Harford County Public Schools'...
  • 'Congressional hearings' help Howard students embrace the Constitution

    'Congressional hearings' help Howard students embrace the Constitution
    Being called to a congressional hearing can be an intimidating experience for national leaders, business executives and even elected officials. But Gorman Crossing Elementary School fifth-grader Tobi Arewa is getting used to it. "At first when I am...
  • No one cares more

    When I got my reviewer's copy of Bill Walsh's new book, Yes I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk (St. Martin's Griffin, 256 pages, $14.99), the book fell open to this passage: "You're free to talk back to your usage guides....
  • Business and Professional Women of Maryland to hold conference in Laurel

    The Business and Professional Women of Maryland's annual conference is May 17 and 18 at the Holiday Inn Laurel-West, 15101 Sweitzer Lane. The theme of the conference is "The Power of YOU - Equality, Advocacy, Development!" Several conference events...
  • Columbia Digest

    Concert "Music in the Mills" presents singer/songwriter/poet John Milton Wesley performing R&B, soul, smooth jazz and alternative music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-730-4610....
  • Ain't Webster's Third grand

    Fifty years ago, people in the United States had very real fears of the possibility of nuclear annihilation in an exchange of nuclear missiles with the Soviet Union. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 brought that fear very close. But the year before,...
  • Orioles' Chen talks baseball, culture and work ethic in visit to Towson High

    Orioles' Chen talks baseball, culture and work ethic in visit to Towson High
    A day after pitcherWei-Yin Chenimproved to 3-0 with 7-2/3 strong innings in the Orioles' home-run-filled 6-5 win over Texas on Thursday afternoon, the Taiwanese left-hander hit a home run of his own at a Friday appearance at Towson High School. "I've...
  • Crowding Balto. Co.'s classrooms

    Crowding Balto. Co.'s classrooms
    The results of Baltimore County Superintendent Joe Hairston's poor decision to cut teachers from high schools are now clear: A sharp drop in the number of classes available to students (including Advanced Placement courses), increasing class sizes and...
  • Reading the label

    You see jam; Geoffrey Pullum sees syntax.  Professor Pullum is teaching at Brown this year, and heading off to the store to buy some organic preserves, he picked up a jar of Nature's Promise Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread. Then he discovered that the...
  • Getting a grip on grammar

    If you are a native speaker of English, you have English grammar in your head, and it has been there since you were a very small child. Unfortunately, the process of translating that grammar into terms for discussion of writing has not gone well....