About Me
The Manifesto

Previous Posts

Also: posh, S.O.S., news, golf, wop
Prescriptivism's Greatest Assholes vol. 1
"And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinn...
,.? !
Wanted: damned lie statistics
National Grammar Day:No Time for Diatribes Edition...
National Grammar Day:How to Correct Someone
National Grammar Day:Readability is My God
National Grammar Day: Prelude
Good Stuff: 3/01/08

Back to Main


My del.ic.ious site feed


Common Errors in English
Netvibes RSS Reader
Online Etymology Dictionary
Research and Documentation
The Phrase Finder
The Trouble with EM 'n EN

A Capital Idea
Arrant Pedantry
Bradshaw of the Future
Bremer Sprachblog
Dictionary Evangelist
Double-Tongued Dictionary
English, Jack
Futility Closet - Language
Language Hat
Language Log
Mighty Red Pen
Motivated Grammar
OUPblog - Lexicography
Style & Substance
The Editor's Desk
The Engine Room
Tenser, said the Tensor
Watch Yer Language
Word Spy
You Don't Say

Dan's Webpage

Website XML feed

Good Stuff: 3/28/08
Friday, March 28, 2008   8:50 AM

Here's my favorite language-related stuff this month:

OUPblog - Absurd Entries in the OED: An Introduction To Ammon Shea
The author of Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages discusses some of his more amusing finds.

Ten Speed Press Cookbook Style Sheet
Surprisingly interesting. I found this during a Cheddar vs. cheddar geek-out prompted by this Editrix post.

In Search Of - National Clarity Day
Apropos of National Grammar Day, a useful reminder that clarity, not "good grammar," should be the real goal. (Which is why I'm sympathetic towards this post on the pointlessness of capitalization online.)

IHT - In Nigeria's ornate brand of English, Victorian words dance with African grammar
The headline says it all. Nigerian English is apparently awesome.


speaking of "the uselessness of the uselessness of [grammar/punctuation rule here] online," I have discovered, as I do much more writing in forums, etc., and composing as I type, that I am *very* likely to close my quote, and then decide I want to continue or end my sentence.

Which leads me to spontaneously use the British style of periods or commas outside quotes.

It has amazed me, how often I do this sort of thing:

Just say "cheese", and I'll take the picture.

I end up doing the same thing, and it irks me to no end because I much prefer the American system, the pro-British advocacy of Language Log notwithstanding.

Leave a Comment

Think reactive, not reactionary