Category Archives: Language

Grammar Matters. Deal With It.

The BBC News site recently had an article talking about people who get grumpy at other people’s bad grammar. I confess – I get grumpy when confronted with appalling grammar (and typos) in professional situations. I gladly forgive the occasional typo – I make them myself, who doesn’t – but I confess to judging, rather… Read More »

Bardish Bargain

Since it’s more or less Shakespeare’s birthday and of course the day he died, it is worth taking a moment to note that he lives on in our everyday speech, even now. 20 Words We Owe to William Shakespeare Phrases Shakespeare Created That We Still Use Today. These include, but are not anywhere NEAR limited… Read More »

Ignoring Incorrectness

“How many is you got?” the shop assistant asked as we headed toward the dressing room. I winced. Not because I’d stubbed my toe or had just been found out in a sad attempt to take more items into the dressing room than was permitted. No, I winced because I’d once again smacked up against… Read More »

It’s Not About Liking It, It’s About KNOWING It

So, they don’t want to “focus on spelling, grammar and punctuation” because they say “such an approach will turn pupils off the subject.” Well, I’m not an English teacher but if I’ve heard school kids on both sides of the Atlantic and you know, some grammar drills, some sentence diagramming – might do them some… Read More »

Speaking of Which . . .

Just watched BBC2’s ‘Yes, We Can: The Lost Art of Oratory’ – they presented it last year but I’ve only just gotten a hold of it. Glad I did. Great topic, well-handled, illustrated with not only with the wholly expected and obvious clips, sound bites and interviewees but also with quite a wealth of not-at-all… Read More »

ABCs and 123s

Up until today, I had never heard of the Simplified Spelling Society and quite frankly, I wish I hadn’t now.

Wordage of the Day

Came across 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and the Houghton Mifflin Company. Glancing over the list, I’d say that by the time I graduated high school, I knew all but three of them. It’s unlikely I was using the word “tautology” in regular conversation… Read More »