Mark Peters's new book plopped onto bookstore shelves yesterday, and it's full of BS.
Bullshit: A Lexicon explores the vocabulary of prattle, twaddle, and gobshite in all its forms. As the author states, "The lingo of bullshit is earthy, silly, bonkers, and fun. And (at the risk of mansplaining) it's a lot bigger than you think."
The Associated Press Stylebook has added to its burgeoning entry on global warming (now 261 words), counseling against the use of skeptics and deniers when talking about those who don’t think global warming is such a big deal or say that we can’t really do much about it.
Maybe you thought awesomesauce was some fabricated interjection, coined just for this endearingly goofy Discover Card commercial. Silly you. Awesomesauce led the herd of recently added words to the Oxford Dictionaries' online version.
Well-informed, experienced copyeditor friends tell me that they believe strongly in the distinction between who and that, and that people deserve the former pronoun. I don’t disagree with this preference, but I do feel compelled to point out that there is no agreed-upon rule that a person cannot be a that.
I once drove the logging roads of Marquette County, Michigan, following a local band, Da Yoopers, as they visited various hunting camps. The band was looking for a site for a video of their 1986 regional hit, “Second Week of Deer Camp” (apologies in advance if you decide to click the link), and I was taking a break from copyediting to cover the story for the Mining Journal newspaper.
Most men don't tend to compliment other men on their choice of clothing, but I always get an approving word from strangers when I put on a bow tie. I've had men cross a room to compliment my tie. Perhaps they feel I need encouragement.