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  • The cussedness of the English speaker

    In a charming book by David and Hilary Crystal about sites in Britain important in the history of the English language,* there is a passage on Dryden and Swift and the eternally recurring and eternally hopeless call for an academy to regulate the...
  • I was wrong

    No one appreciates better than a copy editor the human propensity to error. Ands thus when an error is made by a copy editor, the right thing to do is to fess up forthrightly.  Item: Last week I wrote on Nicholas Kristof's dropping the middle initial...
  • Raising, and answering, a usage question

    A gentleman has written to ask about the raised/reared distinction, whether it is valid to say that cattle are raised but children are reared.  I think that the people who would insist on that distinction are the same people who would insist that kids...
  • Award-winning Baltimore crime novelist Sujata Massey turns to historical fiction

    Award-winning Baltimore crime novelist Sujata Massey turns to historical fiction
    Sujata Massey opened the door of her refrigerator and pulled out a curry made from pink potatoes and zucchini. It was the best way she could think of to demonstrate what's going on inside her head when she sits down to write a novel. "I'm an odd person,...
  • Schoolroom shibboleths

    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...
  • My Lady's Manor turns 300

    My Lady's Manor turns 300
    Because there are no guidebooks on how to create a tercentennial celebration, several members of the Manor Conservancy took matters into their own hands by forming the Manor 300 Committee with representatives from other nonprofit groups, churches, schools...
  • Man Booker Prize gets youngest winner: Eleanor Catton

    Man Booker Prize gets youngest winner: Eleanor Catton
    The Man Booker Prize was awarded to 28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton for her novel "The Luminaries." Catton's novel -- only her second -- beat works from literary heavyweights such as Colm Tóibín ("The Testament of Mary") and Jhumpa Lahiri ("The...
  • In first few months in England, a friend has brush with royalty [Commentary]

    In first few months in England, a friend has brush with royalty [Commentary]
    I've been to Buckingham Palace before, but not like my friend, Erin Cherneski, and her husband, who recently moved to England from Bel Air. I was there with thousands of other tourists, mostly to watch the changing of the guard, but also to see what I...
  • Geraldine G.M. Dell, artist

    Geraldine G.M. Dell, artist
    Geraldine G.M. Dell, an artist who actively supported and volunteered at various cultural and educational institutions, died Oct. 9 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 65. "She was a very talented and vivacious lady in every sense of...
  • A shout-out from over the water

    Last week I received an endorsement from Barrie England, who writes the excellent British language blog Caxton, and who described You Don't Say as offering "well-informed comment about language in the popular press." He quoted at some length from the post...
  • Short and sweet

    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. The...
  • Jane Austen would agree: Err on the side of kindness

    Jane Austen would agree: Err on the side of kindness
    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...