| Jan 27, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Last year at the American Copy Editors Society's conference in New Orleans, David Minthorn and Darrell Christian of the Associated Press Stylebook announced some revisions of the stylebook, among them a relaxation of the prohibition on hopefully as a...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Dick Van Dyke brought his characteristic charm to the SAG Awards this weekend, and Internet users dutifully searched for all sorts of details on him -- anything to distract us from the icy weather that caused school closings from here to Ann Arbor. ...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 5:10 AM
Baltimore has witnessed love and loss.
From the banks of the harbor to Mount Vernon's cobblestones to the grassed-over burial plots of Greenmount Cemetery, embedded in this city are vestiges of some of history's great romances, stories of people coming...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 8:02 AM
Last week, when I suggested that the career/careen distinction is, for practical purposes, extinct in American English, Stephen Busemeyer wrote this response:
The words careen and career mean different things. We should choose the word that most clearly...
| May 23, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Joy Umansky, chief baker at the Dorothea's Breads business she co-owned for a decade, died May 11 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of complications from a fractured hip. She was 85 and lived in Pikesville.
Born Margaret Joy Ward-Walker in Birmingham, England,...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 10:38 AM
America has a remarkably close relationship with its previous owner. It seems we no sooner threw off the yoke of George III than we started collecting mugs decorated with the images of royal wedding partners.
England and the United States have been...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 11:52 AM
There is certainly no shortage of outstanding leading men working in American TV drama these days. Jon Hamm, Damian Lewis and Michael C. Hall to name a few.
But it would be hard to find any whose proven range is greater than that of Dominic West, star of...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 6:39 AM
Back in December at Language Log, the urbane Mark Liberman commented on a text distorted by a ham-fisted attempt to convert British English to American, saying, "God save us from such copy editors." That provoked a spirited defense of copy editors in...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 7:54 PM
After a unique, very-informal-for-Downton dinner party, Carson poses an interesting question in this episode: "Where's the style, Mrs. Hughes, where's the show?"
"Perhaps people are tired of style and show," she responds.
Perhaps. Well, most...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 11:10 AM
W. Kennedy Cromwell III, a retired foreign service officer who spent the majority of his 32-year career in Africa, died Dec. 13 from complications of a stroke at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville.
The former Washington and Annapolis...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 11:11 AM
What does the Second Amendment actually say? "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
This has become a part of our history and culture, based...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
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....