Correct or incorrect?

Posted by on November 24, 2010

Another popular theme on this blog is change in the English language which somehow seems to get under people’s skin.

Here is a selection of archived posts around this topic:

Netting, texting, impacting and sheeting through the centuries – more about verbing and nouning
Multiple word-class membership is an essential part of the character of the English language, and has been for a very long time. And since nouns and verbs are overwhelmingly the most numerous word classes, it’s not surprising that noun/verbs are particularly common.

I fail to really see what the fuss is about: there are worse things in life than splitting an infinitive
We’re all familiar with the much-derided mission statement of Star Trek’s Enterprise – ‘To boldly go where no man has gone before’. In cases like this, there is always the option of shifting the adverb to follow the verb (‘to go boldly’), which is in any case a more natural position for a manner adverb with a verb of motion. But putting the adverb before the ‘to’ … is often ambiguous, usually inelegant, and always unnatural.

Bored of life? What Dr. Johnson didn’t say
Look in any dictionary and you will find that the “correct” preposition to use with bored is with. No one mentions bored of … Yet, whatever purists may think about it, our language data shows that, in 2009, more people say bored of than bored with.

Are you lovin’ it?
If you’re an English grammar aficionado – and even if you’re not – brace yourself, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Actually, I think you should sit down for this; I’m going to break it to you in stages. You’re already sitting down? OK, you might want to clench your buttocks or squeeze an executive stress toy. Are you ready? Here we go …

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