1. Floating modifiers are mother’s milk to English grammar.

    — Geoff Nunberg

  2. geoff nunberg

    floating modifiers

    grammar

  1. When the Associated Press said they’d no longer condemn the use of the adverb “hopefully” in their style guide, most people shrugged. But the announcement was a red flag to people who have made the adverb the biggest bugaboo of English usage over the last 50 years.
Hopefully we’ll get some good responses…. What do you think?

    When the Associated Press said they’d no longer condemn the use of the adverb “hopefully” in their style guide, most people shrugged. But the announcement was a red flag to people who have made the adverb the biggest bugaboo of English usage over the last 50 years.

    Hopefully we’ll get some good responses…. What do you think?

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  1. Tomorrow’s guest, Farhad Manjoo, on why you should never use two spaces after a period.   (I just used three.)   What do you do?

  2. farhad manjoo

    slate

    grammar

  1. The balancing act between how much rule-making you like in language and how much you like language to evolve naturally isn’t necessarily the point of the serial comma debate (to me, the reasons to keep it have absolutely nothing to do with tradition and everything to do with actual utility), but that’s where almost any discussion of almost any arcane point invariably winds up. Language is alive, you see, and it changes, and its beauty lies in its ability to be shaped by an entire society that calls upon its collective wisdom and experience to create a means of communication that accomplishes what it needs to AND NO THAT DOESN’T MAKE ‘IRREGARDLESS’ OKAY AND STOP USING ‘LITERALLY’ TO MEAN ‘FIGURATIVELY’ I AM BEGGING YOU.

    — Linda Holmes | NPR Monkey See | Going, Going, And Gone?: No, The Oxford Comma Is Safe … For Now (via fromoneroomaway)

  2. irregardless of what linda says...

    MonkeySee

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    oxford common