Tagged With: Language

The Oxford Comma, Revisited

As we are occasionally wont to do, we’d like to take a moment to argue once again in favor of the Oxford Comma.  It really does make things clearer, as a court in Maine recently ruled: https://qz.com/932004/the-oxford-comma-a-maine-court-settled-the-grammar-debate-over-serial-commas-with-a-ruling-on-overtime-pay-for-dairy-truck-drivers/ A Maine court ruling in a case about overtime pay and dairy delivery didn’t come down to trucks, … Continue reading »

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Word of the Day

predicumentary: n.  A documentary that shows the future.  “Idiocracy is a predicumentary.”

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Loopholes

loophole (noun, euphemistic): complying fully with the law as written

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On International Negotiation

Prof. S.: No French speakers in the class? Smartarse Student: German.  It’ll get me through France!

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We Write Like…

We write like H. P. Lovecraft I Write Like. Analyze your writing! (We analyzed this post.)

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Cost and Conversation

This morning’s xkcd raised an interesting idea in our mind.  A number of the quotations cited bemoan the death of the old-fashioned letter–a lengthy, carefully crafted piece of writing–in favor of the much shorter note as bringing about the end of fine writing (a couple of others decry the shortening of the news cycle from … Continue reading »

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Punography

Altogether now: groan!

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Proofreading

Good advice.

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The Oxford Comma

Why the Oxford Comma matters:   Seriously.  Nobody needs that image.

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