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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 11:58amAdrienne Montgomerie0
To run your career or your freelance business, and to make authoritative suggestions to your clients, I hope you’re bossy.
Bossy is getting a bad rap lately. There’s a campaign against bossy because of its negative connotations, and because it is disproportionately used to describe—to put down—female leadership.
I was a child during the height of the “political correctness” movement, I dare say. While everyone around me was trying to impose gender-neutral terms that roll off the tongue—such as underground access cover—I was wondering two things: who ever thought man hole was a good descriptor, and who ever thought...Read More »
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:29amMark Allen1
Last week in this space I revealed which error particularly causes me to shudder: the hypercorrected substitution of I (subject pronoun) for me (object pronoun), as in between you and I. But a Twitter friend from Scotland had to take it one step further. Tricia Murphy-Black said:
For most readers of Copyediting, correct use of myself is not an issue. But I am hearing more of the reflexive myself, especially in office settings, among celebrities, and among young people (for young people, I mean my age...Read More »
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:30amErin Brenner0
Featured Topic: Word News
Word lovers, rejoice! Both Merriam-Webster Unabridged and Cambridge Dictionaries Online have added new words for your reading pleasure. Plus, we have some practical advice on using literally.
- “Merriam-Webster Unabridged, 2.0”: Search the online MWU and you’ll find about 2,000 more entries and examples from the likes of David Foster Wallace. (A Thing About Words)
- “Move Over Yuppies – the Magpies Have Arrived!”: The 1980’s yuppie has spawned a brood of class-related acronyms, including Bananas. (About Words)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:01amErin Brenner0
It’s a basic rule of grammar that a subject and its verb must agree in number:
The cake is delicious. The pies are delicious. None are calorie free.
You were probably taught, as I was, that none is a singular pronoun because it stands for “no one” and as such takes a singular verb. Yet in the examples, none clearly refers to the cake and the pies, or “not any.” How can none, and other indefinite pronouns, sometimes be singular and sometimes plural?
Because of a little thing called notional agreement.
We’re all familiar with grammatical agreement (a.k.a., structural or simple agreement). That’s the rule that says the subject and verb...Read More »