May I Quote You on That? by Stephen Spector (Oxford University Press) is a new grammar and usage guide for the layperson, that is, anyone who needs to write well without necessarily being a professional communicator. For the professional writer or editor with at least some experience and training, “grammar for the masses” books are often of limited use.
Section I of the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution states, in part, that "[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." When that amendment was ratified in 1868, the primary purpose of Section I was to bestow American citizenship on the country's nearly four million newly freed slaves following the Civil War, granting them, at least on paper, the same ri
The singular they might just be 2015’s word of the year. As questions of transgender rights and gender equity continue making news, editors are feeling the need for a gender-neutral pronoun—and hotly debating solutions.