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Editing wars at London Bridge Street
When procedures are offered up as irony, it's art.
strunknwhite  grammar 
9 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Fear and Loathing of the English Passive - Geoffrey Pullum
Pullum clarifies use of the passive in English. Makes one glad to be alive.
grammar  usage  syntax  strunknwhite 
july 2015 by mcmorgan
Human Resources and Thought Control – Lingua Franca - Geoffrey Pullum
Another strike at the gramma and umbrage gang. This time it's a matter of getting a focus: Don't try to change the language - change the damn HR policies.

"My point is that either it’s right to try to reshape people’s thinking by sculpting their phraseology or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then Orwell shouldn’t have been trying to manipulate our political perception through linguistic revision. But if it is, then HR people are not doing anything wrong by following Orwell’s example.

You can’t have it both ways: Thought control through word or phrase eradication... can’t be uncritically regarded as right when Orwell does it but automatically condemned as wrong when your employer does it. That’s begging the question."
grammar  standards  strunknwhite 
july 2015 by mcmorgan
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt' : NPR
Local boy plays Lynn Truss, gets on NPR. The problem with signage fascists is that you can never tell if they are being good-natured, or just dim and nasty. All that talk about writing wrongs and whiting-out sin and evil might be posing and bluster. This typo-boy is polite, at any rate.
strunknwhite  fyc  grammar 
august 2010 by mcmorgan

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