Archive for July, 2010

The journalingo of Sarah Palin

EX-ALASKAN governor and US presidential wannabe Sarah Palin’s recent Twitter gaffe has elicited a whole load of laughs, as well as some more serious debate on the evolution of the English language. For anyone who hasn’t been following the furore, “the former vice-presidential candidate, who regularly uses the social networking website to communicate her views, […]

Peeking under Madiba’s halo

Rescuing Nelson Mandela from the dry pages of history … TWO foreigners, two books on Nelson Mandela, two entirely different approaches. Mandela’s Way by Richard Stengel and Young Mandela by David James Smith do have a couple of things in common, though. Both are well-written, which isn’t so surprising since Stengel is Time magazine’s editor […]

How To Take The Tension Out Of Tenses

AT LAST, a grammar guide especially for South Africans. And not a moment too soon, I reckon. I’m not a snob about these things, but now we’re all part of a hugely competitive global village in which English is the language of business communication, getting it right is more important than ever. Nothing looks as […]

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