| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:43 AM
A while back, I coined the word peeververein to identify the noisy tribe of grammar cranks: peever, for a querulous and quarrelsome person; verein, the German word for "association."* It has found some favor amid the little circle of readers here.
| Aug 14, 2013
| 2:32 PM
This column begins with Jane Austen, the English author of corseted drawing room romances who wrote anonymously and in secret out of a sense of propriety. A woman in Regency England simply did not bring public attention to herself.
Thanks, at least in...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 5:39 PM
I was recently inducted into the Society to Preserve Classical English, a good-humored Facebook group that was having a bit of innocent fun with badinage and quotations from favored authors. Genial, you know.
Then the peeververein* spotted it.
| Aug 22, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Sometimes recognition for a job well done is a long time coming.
Seventy years ago, Pasadena resident William Tiernan was an 18-year-old sailor in the British Merchant Navy, participating in one of World War II's most dangerous assignments, the...
| Aug 31, 2013
When he was 13, Thomas Lauderdale's world in Portland, Ore., opened up wide. That was when the future founder of the ensemble called Pink Martini saw the 1946 Rita Hayworth film "Gilda" for the first time.
"I loved the 1940s glamour and all that,"...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:29 PM
David Young's townhouse in Baltimore's Village of Cross Keys has all the hallmarks of a country gentleman's London retreat — and the style fits him like a pair of fine English leather gloves.
Prior to the spring of 2006, the 74-year-old retired...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 6:07 AM
A former Baltimore Sun editor used to get exercised over the phrasal verb go missing, which he denounced as a stinking British import, and I have encountered other editors of the same stripe.
I think it probably was originally British, gaining...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 1:51 PM
"Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible," a traveling exhibition opening at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College on Monday, April 22, celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James...
| Apr 17, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Regarding the recent article, "Argentine leader not on list for Thatcher funeral" (April 12), it seems logical that to me Great Britain did not invite Cristina Fernandez, the president of Argentina to Margaret Thatcher's funeral. The news item, however,...
| Mar 29, 2013
Chloe A. Gudmundsson is a senior at Eastern Technical High School in Essex, and at the suggestion of her English teacher, she decided to research a paper on Maximilian Godefroy, the quirky architect who designed Baltimore's Battle Monument to...
| 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....
| Mar 20, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Any foodie will tell you freshness matters. Same holds true for beer. When what’s in your glass was made on the premises, or by a nearby brewer on behalf of the establishment where you’re sipping your suds, it’s bound to taste better...