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On the blog, I take a slight departure from the topics I normally write about to discuss Dr. Seuss and his (terrible) imitators: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/05/18/you-are-not-dr-seuss/
A couple of weeks ago, Nancy Friedman tweeted a link to an article about Netflix's forthcoming adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham. And sadly but predictably, whoever wrote the press release about the...
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What makes a particular usage correct or incorrect? Is it even possible to talk about correctness in language without running into logical fallacies? http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/04/27/language-logic-and-correctness/
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A recent study claims that grammar errors online have risen by 148% between 2009 and today. But that claim is based on some shoddy research and shoddier statistics. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/03/05/no-online-grammar-errors-have-not-increased-by-148/
Yesterday a post appeared on QuickandDirtyTips.com (home of Grammar Girl's popular podcast) that appears to have been written or sponsored by a company called Knowingly, which is promoting its Corr...
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There's a new T-shirt design in the store, and I've moved a couple of old posts on editing from a now-defunct blog over to Arrant Pedantry. Take a look. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/17/new-shirts-new-old-posts/
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There's a story making the rounds about a man who has spent the last several years correcting the phrase "comprised of" in Wikipedia. (See here: https://medium.com/backchannel/meet-the-ultimate-wikignome-10508842caad.) Here's an old post of mine on the error and why it's probably not worth worrying about: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2012/01/30/comprised-of-fail/
This man has been on a seven-year quest to fix exactly one grammatical error throughout all of Wikipedia
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Can you use "as such" to mean "therefore" or "consequently"? A new post on Chronicle's Lingua Franca blog considers the issue and quotes an old post of mine on Visual Thesaurus: http://chronicle.com/…/linguafranca/2015/04/24/academic-wr…/
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It's a little late, but here's my #GrammarDay post, on why descriptivists are liberals when it comes to usage: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/03/04/why-descriptivsts-are-usage-liberals/ …
Outside of linguistics, the people who care most about language tend to be prescriptivists---editors, writers, English teachers, and so on---while linguists and lexicographers are descriptivists. "...
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Grammarly claims to be "the world's leading automated proofreader." In a new post, I show why their grammar and style advice is worthless. http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/23/fifty-shades-of-bad-grammar-advice/
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Someone recently wrote to ask me why it's "woe is me" and not "woe am I" or something else. Here's the answer: http://www.arrantpedantry.com/2015/02/11/why-is-it-woe-is-me/
I recently received an email asking about the expression woe is me, namely what the plural would be and why it's not woe am I. Though the phrase may strike modern speakers as bizarre if not downrig...
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Editors should be aware of name spellings and preferences, but can someone insist that you use commas around "Jr." in their name even if your style says otherwise? +Grammar Girl takes a look at the question and is persuaded by an old blog post of mine. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/do-you-need-comma-jr
A grammar expert tackles this question: When referring to holidays and namesakes, do you need a comma before "junior"?
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