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Subject verb object @ San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
grammar  from twitter
september 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Post: Robert Lane Greene on Language Sticklers -
Illiteracy has fallen from one in five people to almost nonexistent over a century and a bit.  But “illiteracy” clearly isn’t a single on-or-off switch. It’s not just “you can read and write or you can’t.” Literacy is a continuum of skills. Basic education now reaches virtually all Americans.  But many among the poorest have the weakest skills in formal English.

That combines with another fact: more people are writing than ever before. Even most of the poor today have cell phones and and internet. When they text or scribble on Facebook, they’re writing. We easily forget that this is something that farmhands and the urban poor almost never did in centuries past. They lacked the time and means even if they had the education.
language  english  technology  social  usa  mobile  internet  facebook  grammar 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Fewer copy editors after staff cuts means more grammar errors - Issues & Ideas -
Today's copy editors are multitaskers who design pages, pick wire stories and process them for the Web -- all in addition to the traditional duties of line-editing, trimming to perfectly fill space and writing headlines.
journalism  newspapers  media  editing  writing  grammar  language  english  Miami 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sex and the semicolon - The Boston Globe
"Sexist language aside, though, the semicolon debate is a model of the way we should approach most disagreements about usage issues: as matters of taste, not law. The interesting questions, after all, aren't about using its and it's; they're the ones that have, yes, nuance and complexity."
grammar  language  english  beauty  sex  aesthetics  copyediting  editing  speech  writing 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Typo personalities --
"They fight a losing battle, an unyielding tide of misplaced apostrophes and poor spelling. But still, they fight. Why, you ask. Because, they say. Because, they must."
culture  grammar  design  language  english  public  copyediting 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location - New York Times
"In response, most New Yorkers accelerate; they don’t pause to contemplate."
english  grammar  nyc  nytimes  culture  language  transit 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: 'Style' Gets New Elements
"Do not use a hyphen between words that can better be written as one word: 'water-fowl, waterfowl' [...] The steady evolution of the language seems to favor union: two words eventually become one."
language  music  songwriting  grammar  writing  aesthetics 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge Pause celebre
”'You’re kidding,' said Ann Keatings, an applied linguist, as she absorbed the news I had brought from the US, where I have lived for the past 12 years: Americans see the semicolon as punctuation’s axis of evil."
language  english  grammar  copyediting  usa  uk 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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