| 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)...
| 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...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 7:58 AM
Here's a cool example of what-goes-around-comes-around:
In 1965, a British-made thriller called "Die! Die! My Darling!" hit the movie houses. This study in strangeness and sadism starred the indelibly foggy-voiced, deliciously irreverent Tallulah...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Steven Muller, the president of Johns Hopkins University from 1972-1990, died on Jan. 19. He was one of the giants of his era. I knew him well. I write to share three remarkable stories which reveal the character of this great man.
1. Steve was...
| 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...
| 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. ...