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More than th-fronting

I keep on looking for instances of prescriptivism or metalinguistic comments on prescriptive issues in English literature. My call for examples in English Today recently did not produce any more examples unfortunately. 341 more words

Usage Guide

Quote of the day

Writers and painters alike are in the business of consulting their own imaginations, and stimulating the imaginations of others. Together, and separately, they celebrate the absolute mystery of otherness.   8 more words


May 31 in history

1279 BC – Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) became pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

526  A an earthquake in Antioch, Turkey, killed 250,000.

1223 Mongol invasion of the Cumans: … 825 more words


Eats, Shoots and Leaves

There is a joke about a panda which walks into a pub. It orders something, eats it, pulls out a gun and shoots, and goes to leave. 328 more words


Writing Well - Part 6

Typing just key into the Search box makes it easy to browse WordPress blogs like this one.   Here, the button (atop the vertical black bar) reveals widgets like the Search box. 1,197 more words


Getting the words right 

The grammar vigilante is on the streets of Bristol. According to BBC News this guy has been going out at night, correcting street signs, for 13 years. 502 more words

Daily Musings

Comma Of The Week

For grammarians, and literary pedants, the Oxford comma represents a bit of a battle ground. It is a comma which is the last in a series of two or more items and usually precedes a conjunction like and or or. 190 more words