Story | Dec 13, 2013 | 7:08 AM
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Story | Mar 9, 2014 | 8:54 AMGeorge Bernard Shaw, writing in the preface to Pygmalion, says flatly that "it is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman despise him." The way we speak betrays many things about our regional origins, level of education, and class status, and those who hear us are quick to make judgments.
Story | Sep 15, 2013 | 10:12 AM
This is what I'm up against. A blogger writing at A Few Reasonable Words discovers that the Chicago Manual of Style does not endorse everything his ninth-grade English teacher told him and proceeds to this discovery: I ... did found the Baltimore...
Story | Oct 9, 2013 | 6:17 AM
To be without a roof over one's head — homelessness — is usually considered the nadir of poverty in America. To many, it implies not only a lack of money, but the exhaustion of options, the end of the rope, dereliction. But there's another...
Story | Mar 6, 2013 | 8:07 AM
Only yesterday I posted about the hissy that Buzzfeed pitched over literally in the figurative sense. Today at Slate Simon Akam is railing against bridezilla and chillax and a handful of other contemporary constructions that he finds inelegant.* Lord...