Category: in the news

Grammar Police

As a public service, Agent X and Agent Full Stop prowl the streets of Quito Ecuador under the dark of night. Their mission? to rid the the city’s graffiti of grammar errors. from Boing, Boing.

Language and Love Life (ooh, la, la)

National Public Radio recently spoke with Dr. James Pennebaker, who does research in the way “function” words work in our language . . . and our love life! Specifically, what Pennebaker found was that when the language style of two…

A Proposal for a New Punctuation Mark

For several years now, scholars have argued about the role of email, texting, etc. have played on our literacy and written communication. This si the first time I have seen someone propose that our digital communication has prompted the need…

Commas and Guns

From the Department of Punctuation Makes a Difference, Darn It!, I thought I would pass along the following item. Does the government have a right to ban individuals from owning guns? Well, in some circles, it all depends on a…

Poor People and Subordination

Mitt Romney has come under some fire for his comments on a CNN morning show this weekend. Critics claim that his comments indicate an insensitivity to the situation in which poor people finds themselves. Rather than engaging in politics, let’s…

The Evolution of Pronouns

Over the years, more and more people have given up the fight in support of pronoun agreement in the context of the third person plural/singular. For some, it’s a matter of avoiding gender-specific language, as in the following: “The student…