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Not black and white (Part 3)

June 3, 2012

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FROM PART 2 IT IS astonishing to see from the two previous parts of this article that the typical stuff of grammarhead hectoring often all occur in a single session of almost any type of debate or argument about language or grammar, online or in real life that you’d care to name. Perhaps even more remarkable is that the stuff should […]

Not black and white (2/3)

May 16, 2012

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← PREVIOUS (Part 1)     |     NEXT (Part 3) → BEFORE WE CONTINUE with our survey of grammarhead peeves, here is an attitude towards language that you’ll almost never find in the English-speaking world:— “Languages are so fascinating and the way how they change. In Finland we start to learn English at the age of 9 […]

Not black and white: the realities of the English language

May 16, 2012

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NEXT (Part 2) → GRAMMAR WONKS luuurve to yank your chain or set your teeth on edge with their pronouncements (formal or authoritative statements) and prognostications (predictions) about usage, abusage and decline of the English language. To hear some of these wonks speak (or “speaking down the throats” of others, as British-Hungarian humorist George Mikes once wrote), […]