Apostrophes seem to block out all sense of agreement from some people’s brains. Then again, maybe it’s just deadline. Or journalists’ desire for conversational tone run amok. Or perhaps inContinue reading
Can an errant clause trip over the Christmas lights and bring a post-holiday sentence crashing down in disagreement? The answer is trickier than you might think, but let’s work itContinue reading
To begin the new year, Obiter Dicta takes you on a tour of a cabinet of medical curiosities. Cabinet of curiosities is an old term used to describe oddities ofContinue reading
Apparently jealous of the Wall Street Journal’s fingering of a billionaire, the San Francisco Chronicle decided to finger a terrorism suspect last week. Becka, who hangs out at This OrdinaryContinue reading
This grammatical lapse in Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times brings Mrs. Malaprop to mind (“… she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying”).
What she meant, of course, was “neck and neck,” like horses at a track or ostriches on the way to wherever ostriches go in a hurry. …Continue reading