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WOTY (Word of the Year) 2015 roundup – Part 2

Just before Christmas I promised I’d be back with a follow-up post on the 2015 Word of the Year (WOTY), once the American Dialect Society had selected its winner. They did that on January 8th and here is my promised … Continue reading

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WOTY (Word of the Year) 2015 roundup – Part 1

It’s that time of year again! While visions of sugarplums dance in some heads, some of us in the language world see visions of ideograms and phonemes and other symbolic representations, depending on personal inclinations. That’s right: the Word of … Continue reading

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More List Comma Advice

I’d planned to post something else today, but then a problematical use (or avoidance) of the list comma came streaking across my desk so I changed gears. Some time back — in one of the earliest posts on this blog … Continue reading

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Spotted in the Wild: Some Lazy Summer Errors

It’s still summer, if not for much longer, and a quick, not-too-serious post fits the mood. This is the type of light post I’d usually put on my Facebook page (yes, I have a Facebook page; if you’re interested in … Continue reading

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Should we bury this “lede?”

[Note: This post was published on November 23rd, but apparently some error caused it to return to draft status. It should now be properly visible.] Late in this year’s election cycle, I came across an article that used a strange … Continue reading

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