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Steven Pinker: 10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break (sometimes)
Standards of usage are desirable in many arenas of communication. But this does not mean that every pet peeve, bit of grammatical folklore, or dimly remembered lesson from Miss Thistlebottom’s classroom is worth keeping.
Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: y’all
Many speakers in the South and Southwest, even highly educated ones, use the uncontracted “you all” as the plural form of “you.”
Off-piste, off the beaten track/path, off base
I won’t say that American skiers never say (off-)piste, but the ones I know don’t. They talk of ski runs, not pistes.
Equal rights for nNESTs?
Marek Kiczkowiak explores the issue of prejudice against non-native English speaker teachers and issues a plea for a more egalitarian approach to hiring teachers.
Books, science, dictionaries, words and language
The Hottest New Baby Names in England
The one that’s hit the headlines is Khaleesi, the name of choice for avid Game of Thrones fans, but this list of the fastest-rising names of the year contains some other interesting items too.
A list of words first used or coined by Edgar Allen Poe
The American author seems to have been particularly fond of making coinages using prefixes such as be-, hyper- and non-, and wasn’t averse to a bit of nouning and verbing.
Penetralia and Berlin
The Inky Fool likes words that sound as though they should be rude and aren’t. And vice versa.
Odd Bird Out
Rooster dialects from around the world.