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Thou Shalt Not Use “Shall”

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that a large chunk of my work in recent years has been for law firms. When you work in that domain you have a lot of exposure to “legalese,” both in the common derogatory … Continue reading

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What makes someone an authority on the English language?

A vocabulary slip on my part in a recent post led to an email conversation with long-time reader Steve G., which eventually meandered over to this question. I’ve done a fair amount of thinking on the idea, and can offer … Continue reading

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Amidst, Amongst, Whilst: You Stillst Shouldn’tst

A reader recently took issue with my long-standing recommendation to avoid the use of the “-st” variants of amid, among, and while (original 2013 post here). Our exchange about it was growing unmanageably long for the comments section, so I’ve … Continue reading

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Capitalizing the Internet (or internet): big I or little i?

In case you missed it, the big news in writing style this month was an announcement by the AP style book that… Wait, wait, wait. Hold on a minute. Let’s rethink that. The whole idea of “big news in writing … Continue reading

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If a pyramid has rungs, does a ladder have steps?

A brief post, simply to scratch a linguistic itch. Gliding very gently into first place as the worst mixed metaphor of the week is: “You’re the lowest rung on the pyramid.” As bad mixed metaphors go this is pretty tame, … Continue reading

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