Archive for August, 2011

Words in the News … A Weekly Roundup

FROM Wired’s GeekDad Jonathan Liu, who says he’s a “stay-at-home dad, Etch-a-Sketch artist, community agitator, board game geek, and a voracious reader”: Old Navy Lets Go of Grammar “See what you’ve done, apostrophe abusers? You used up too many,” he says.   PAY attention, all you propeller heads … the new Chambers Dictionary list of […]

Serial comma goes on trial

BROADCASTER John Maytham told Cape Town the other day: “Here’s self-confessed grammar Nazi, Stevie Godson.” I spluttered – which was perhaps not the best way to start a radio interview. “I’m definitely not a grammar Nazi,” I told him, as I quickly recovered my composure. “They’re scary people – very abusive. I’m more of a grammar […]

Words in the News … A Weekly Roundup

  Grammar Gone Wild? Not on My Watch, says this anonymous writer. “There I was, relaxing on the sofa after a hard day’s work… mesmerized by the television announcer’s soothing voice. He was describing the bountiful menu at a local delicatessen – and it seemed he was doing his job well, as I was starting […]

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