Instructor: John McIntyre. As vocabulary and usage shift, it becomes a challenge to make editorial decisions. This class looks as such questions as: Embrace or shun singular they? Abandon or hold fast to whom? Does the comprise/compose distinction still work?
Though you probably recognize both noisome and odious as something you don't want to be called, they might not mean what you or your writers think they mean from the way they look. Take note of these deceptive epithets to avoid future malaprops.
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.
The way we torture ourselves with lay and lie is one of the great puzzles of the English language. We use different versions of the word depending on tense and whether there is an object we’re acting upon.
Anyone who has suffered the utter horror of a gritty mouthful of undissolved sugar from the bottom of a glass of iced tea* will find it fitting that the Sanskrit word from which sugar is derived, śarkarā, also means "gravel." That same Sanskrit word also led to two homophones whose spellings can be confused by even the most diligent proofreaders: saccharine and saccharin.
There is never a bad time to contemplate kindness. But today —when millions in the U.S. are remembering the shocking loss that occurred fourteen years ago on 9/11 and since — today seems like a particularly good day for it.
It was last month that the lamentations began: “I can’t believe summer is almost over.” Now that it is September and 84 degrees in central Ohio, many look to Labor Day weekend as the last hurrah of summer.
That has more to do with the school schedule than climate. For astronomers, summer stretches between the equinoxes, vernal and autumnal. For those in the northern hemisphere, which includes central Ohio, that means we don’t need to stop calling it summer until Sept. 23, at 8:20 a.m. to be specific.
Moneys and monies are plural forms of the word money, which already acts as a plural itself. The -ys or -ies spelling depends on your stylebook or your personal preference, but it isn’t common that you need to use either. Usually, money is all you need.