Maeve’s new collection of essays, WORD RAGE, covers most of the topics that spark heated online “grammar” debates and interfere with true communication.
If you’re selling, spelling counts. People who write for a living have no excuse to misuse ordinary English usage.
This morning the following caption appeared in a Democrat-Gazette article about a bank robbery: Springdale police are searching for this man whom they say robbed an Arvest Bank branch Thursday. The error with whom in this caption is common in sentences that contain a parenthetical phrase or clause: a group of words thrown into another…
If dossier is a “fancy French word,” wouldn’t imprimatur be a “fancy Latin word”?