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  • Little green prescriptivists

    Published: 5/12/2016
    Today's SMBC starts with this panel: And ends with this one: The aftercomic: My preferred imaginary event proving evolution false would be the discovery that highly-conserved junk DNA encodes versions ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • To more than justify the split infinitive

    Published: 4/12/2016
    As long ago as 1914, an article by the grammarian George O. Curme made the point that more than can modify the verb of an infinitival complement, and since it must be adjacent to the verb, that actual ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Kilometers and miles

    Published: 4/12/2016
    Sometimes the obeisance to style guides by newspaper editors and journalists looks not so much craven as robotic. The Telegraph provides an example. Like many newspapers, it has a policy of reporting ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • The Licentious Thrush.

    Published: 2/12/2016
    I’ve been reading Saltykov-Shchedrin’s Губернские очерки [Provincial sketches] (1856-57), a now-forgotten work consisting of delightful descriptions of the endemically corrupt town of Krut ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
  • Trevor Noah reflects on language and identity

    Published: 1/12/2016
    In my introductory undergraduate course on English words, and in most undergraduate introductory courses on linguistics, students are invited to reflect on language and identity—how the way you speak ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • A Year in Reading 2016.

    Published: 1/12/2016
    Once again it’s time for the Year in Reading feature at The Millions, in which people write about books they’ve read and enjoyed during the previous year; my contribution is up, featuring ... Read more
    Source: languagehat.com
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