Whither the subjunctive? The subjunctive mood is what we use—what we sometimes use—when we are expressing what is possible, what we wish to be true or imagine to be true but is not. If it is true, the mood is not subjunctive.
The thing is, not everyone uses it, and most people are OK with ignoring it in casual writing. The subjunctive may be going the way of thou and thither and whence and whither.
National Grammar Day is 10 short days away, on March 4th, the day of the year that forms a handy imperative sentence. It’s not all commands and demands, though. You’ll have a number of fun options for celebrating. Here are a few you'll want to check out:
The next issue of Copyediting newsletter is due out in a few days. The issue didn’t raise a lot of debate, as some past issues have. One debate we did have was whether the adjective alternate could be used to mean “alternative; referring to a choice.”
From The Business of Copyediting article:
If you prefer an alternate/alternative spelling, you may be able to secure it a spot in your style sheet.
The American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year (WOTY) for 2013 was prepositional because, also known as because noun and because + noun. If you’ve been paying attention to online trends, you’ve likely seen it:
But Iowa still wants to sell eggs to California, because money.—Daily Kos (July 14, 2012)
When a word is hyphenated across lines of text, the break traditionally comes at a syllable boundary. Most dictionaries indicate these breaks with a symbol, usually a boldface, centered bullet (•). This symbol indicates potential break points: some dictionaries show all syllable breaks; others show only those allowed by conventional style standards. (For example, most style guides dictate that a single letter cannot be stranded.)