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Time of the day

November 17, 2016

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Stop being ambiguous and call your time of the day a spade.

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Didn’t do, or didn’t didn’t do?

August 6, 2015

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todo list nothing

By the laws of the planets and logic, "didn't do nothing" means "did something." Only if you're language course is called "maths."

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Just don’t do it

July 7, 2015

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Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
This week everyone’s been talking about an article in the Economist explaining how men’s use of language undermines their authority. According to the author, a senior manager at Microsoft, men have a bad habit of punctuating everything they say with sentence adverbs like ‘actually’, ‘obviously’, ‘seriously’ and ‘frankly’.…

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To bullshit or not to bullshit, learn it properly

May 12, 2015

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Aristotle

Remember, the effectiveness of any bullshittery is that it should be readily understandable. If not, then the bullshit is failing its mission.

Origin of the name ‘grammar nazi’

May 10, 2015

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Everything you almost wanted to know about the name 'grammar nazi,' when my grammar is gooder than yours.

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A classical structure for composition

March 6, 2015

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If you're writing a formal essay or making a formal public speech, the three-part nonsense called 'Introduction,' 'Body' and 'Conclusion' just won't cut the ice. Take a leaf from the classicists and get a 21-gun salute.

How on earth do I write this?

January 10, 2015

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The essay is practically always the one thing that has even literate people beat. Lots of people don't seem to know how to do any kind of extended writing. Indeed, many don't seem to know how to do even a short job cover letter. S.O.P. for those who need a refresher, free of charge.

Why the stars in ‘bad’ words?

October 21, 2014

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Isn't it a bit hypocritical to use 'stars' to hide some letters in a foul word, when we all know what the word is anyway?

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The skinhead of spelling, the slag of speech

July 18, 2014

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We have the full version of the famous 'pronunciation poem' that sends chills up the spine of native speakers and dismay to the non-natives.

More than skin-deep

June 29, 2014

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british vs american

What British words and phrases are not understood or even misunderstood by Americans, and vice versa? Get a flavour of the Anglo-American confusion.

The height of control

May 23, 2014

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constrained writing in commerce

Are there any grammatically sound sentences in English where every word starts with the same letter?

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Our plan for 2014 … and a small, longish reminder

January 18, 2014

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It's 2014 but the merrymaking continues. A plan for this year ... and a reminder of what we actually do here, if anyone has paid any attention.

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Missing the point … again

December 14, 2013

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Learn to be easily blindsided by recourse to hidebound rules. Some lack of rules are meant for profit-taking, my friends.

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The intellectual equivalent of a burst blood vessel

November 17, 2013

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Intellect has the reputation of being a good thing. Yet a high intellect doesn't seem to be a positive asset for some people, judging from what we could discern from one little Facebook escapade.

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Pad, but think of your audience too

August 28, 2013

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Padding is necessary sometimes, but bear in mind WHY your readers are reading your stuff. (Some adult language in post.)

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A fireside musing on ‘adequate’

August 20, 2013

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We don't like to ride on the coattails of our betters, but every now and then something seriously good comes along that we just had to spread it around.

Street of Shame: First candidates

July 12, 2013

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STREET OF SHAME CANDIDATES REGULAR readers will have noticed that we have a static page called Street of Shame. We think we now have debut candidates for entry. Once upon a time (yesterday) it all started with one innocent Facebook status update:— “How fast can you uncork a bottle with a handscrew?” No sooner had […]

Nothing but a quimming linguanophile

July 3, 2013

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The newest entry in our Glossary is 'linguist,' we'll have you believe...

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Cured ham curated here

June 23, 2013

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We aren't alone in noticing the job-title inflation about the word 'curator' today.

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