| 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...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 10:26 AM
You may want to grab a paper bag to breathe into in case this post provokes hyperventilation.
Apostrophes are not all that important.
This insight came to me as I was reading an important distinction that Geoffrey Pullum makes at Lingua Franca: "The...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:34 PM
Let me put this up quietly tonight in hopes that everyone is too tired to argue.
There was some nervous tweeting among editors today about the that/which rule. You may have been taught it under various terms: Restrictive (limiting, essential, defining)...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 12:58 PM
Many Baltimoreans declare that their morning commute only becomes bearable when tuned into the crazy antics of WWMX-FM morning radio host Reagan Warfield. He regularly interviews world-famous celebrities and rock stars and banters with a widespread...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:50 AM
Called to action by the blast of a horn, more than 30 yapping spotted hounds spill down a hill, bound across a country road, leap a fence and rush a faded winter field. On the hound's heels are about two dozen hunters on horseback, men and women in...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Bruce Reynolds nearly got away with it — and for a time he did. As the brains behind England's 1963 "Great Train Robbery," Reynolds netted some $7 million in small bills for himself and his confederates.
Robbing stagecoaches and, later, trains...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Picture it: England, 1707.
Two guys who have run out of money decide to seek out and successfully woo rich women. They take turns playing master and servant as they roam the countryside in their quest, which leads them to the town of Lichfield and...
| 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,...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:43 AM
The show opens with text telling us that last night was about the best year of their lives, but that tonight will be "The worst night ..." I really hope that's not true for any of these people.
The opening number is all the female pros and troupe...
| 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...