I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that many in our esteemed readership have at the very least heard of Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the book. I will confess that I have not read it. Yet. Nevertheless, I was excited indeed when, looking through the books on CD at my local library, I happened upon, not the book itself, but (perhaps even better) the original BBC radio series the book was based on. Continue reading
If I coin the phrase “compulsive sentence completer,” will you know what I am talking about?
I used to work with one of these. She meant well, but conversations with her would always go something like this: Continue reading
What is the past tense of “sneak”? If you’re like me, your initial reaction is “snuck,” right? But I make a lot of these decisions quickly, and based on my inner ear. What sounds right? What sounds familiar? I grew up mostly in America, mostly among native English speakers, and mostly among American English speakers. History was not my best subject, but I know we didn’t invent the language. It’s not called “American,” after all (though I know some that would probably argue for a change there). Continue reading