I don’t get a lot of spam comments on this blog. WordPress is pretty good at filtering them out. Judging by the available stats, they deflect somewhere between 50 and 250 spam comment posts for me, per day.
Still, a rare few slip through…for every 400 or so posts that they block, one is clever enough to get past the filter. And for every 10,000, there’s that one that’s just some crazy kind of genius in it’s own right.
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Please stop writing “day in age.” As in:
Everybody has a smartphone now. In this day in age you can’t work effectively without one.
The correct phrase is “day and age.” With the combined (although somewhat redundant) meaning of “in this day” and “in this age.” It’s generally accepted to mean something along the lines of “in the world we live in today.” The phrase is a bit overused, qualifying as a tired cliché by some measures…but at least it makes sense!
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Posted in Dear Internets, Language, Things you should know
Tagged cliche, day and age, day in age, eggcorn, google ngrams, internet, malapropism, misspelling, nonsense
I’ve just been reading Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and came across a copyediting error that put me in the frame of mind for a short post. It’s a caution that good copyeditors have to be extra careful to do (or not do) two things when working with technical material, especially if it’s not in a field they’re experts in.
First: never assume to know what a word means if you aren’t a specialist in that field; or to assume that a word is a misspelling of some other word you know. In fact, even if you’re expert in the field, you need to be careful.
Second: never trust autocorrect.
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Posted in Film or Book Review, Language, Things you should know, Words, Writing
Tagged asymptomatic, asymptomatically, asymptote, asymptotic, asymptotically, copyediting, editing, infinite, jargon, misspelling, Riddley Walker, Robert Heinlein, Russell Hoban, soliton, spellcheck, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Zeno, Zeno's Paradox
A couple weeks back I posted just about all you never wanted to know about 2013′s Word of the Year (WOTY) according to various sources. This is the follow-up post, reviewing one major source that was left out (Global Language Monitor) and the final word (no pun intended there) from the American Dialect Society, which met over the first weekend of January and disgorged their winner.
The ADS winner is… Well, let’s get to that in a minute. First let’s look at Global Language Monitor’s choice. I slighted them in the first post, and they should have been included.
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Tagged 404, american dialect society, because, drones, fatberg, fattburger, global language monitor, hashtag, obamacare, politics, selfie, slang, Stan Carey, twerk, word of the year, woty