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A Hole to China

Have a question about objective pronouns? Whom ya gonna call? Wait–is that right? Or would it be “who ya gonna call”? “Whom” may be technically correct, but insisting on it can get you called an elitist. It’s...

National Grammar Day

March 4 was National Grammar Day, an occasion that prompted thoughtful essays and discussions about grammar, as well as a Tweeted Haiku Contest, for which Martha served a judge. Arika Okrent, author of In The Land of Invented Languages, took the...

rowback

rowback  n.— «Have you read Okrent on that “squirrelly journalistic dance step known to old-timers as a ‘rowback’ “? That’s when a news outlet tries to cover up an erroneous story with a new story that conveniently neglects to...

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