but instead I’m wandering around the World Wide Web. The story of the Melungeons is at once a footnote to the history of race in America and a timely parable of it. They bear witness to the horrors and legacy of segregation, but also to the overlooked complexity of the early colonial era. They suggest
The best of them are bad writers of English; the others write no language known to man. Just need to get that out there, man. Also this: Now, it should seem a matter of course to say that if you do not know who Michael Faraday and William Harvey are you have no business setting
I am a fan of the Oxford comma. In fact, I follow The Oxford Comma on Twitter. For some unfathomable reason, some folks are not fans of the Oxford comma. One Emma Green is preparing to take them on: Some people, apparently, disagree—including those who follow the AP’s style book, which is most traditional newspaper
One of the most important values parents can give their children is an understanding of the importance of caring for the world around them. For hardline progressives, that involves recycling. The rest of us care more about people. What the actual, literal, actual flip do those words actually really in real life mean? One of
Somebody who is going to lead America and the world and demonstrated significant accomplishment in their life. Someone whose ideas and politics are clear. This should grate on your nerves and your ear, and if it doesn’t it should. Is James J. Kilpatrick still alive? He should be.
Such events seem like happenstance because we don’t really see them coming. Krumboltz suggests that we can make such unexpected opportunities more likely to occur, however, by living an active lifelives. Dear Folks at Acculturated, I enjoy reading your articles, but I do wish you’d get a copy editor. Sincerely, Marica
The World-Wide-Web is a vast wasteland. Won’t you join me for a stroll? 5 Incredible Things Dogs Sense Before They Happen Dogs are incredibly [poor word choice, given headline] intuitive and aware of their surroundings. They know when their person is people are sad and can pick up on stress when their households are is in chaos. Some
From The Encyclopedia of Philosophy Volumes 5 and 6 Complete and Unabridged (1967, p66). We were talking about this– the definition of “implication” vs. that of “implicature”— just the other day. And yes. I am well aware that no one besides my loved ones and my own self really cares. But one should care! “Vocabulary and
Mr. Big Food and I had this conversation the other day on the way home from town. Implication: the relation that holds between two propositions, or classes of propositions, in virtue of which one is logically deducible from the other. Implicature: potential inference that is not logical entailment. We should be using the word, ‘implicature’ more. So there
I favor a return to both. (I know it’s a block quote. READ IT ANYWAY!) Ah, the under-appreciated importance of our punctuation friend, the comma. Some writers use far too many. Others don’t use enough. The latter was the case in an Ohio community. And Judge Robert A. Hendrickson in the 12th District Court of
I was taken to task the other day. I stated that a sentence such as, “I talked to a committee member and they said ___ ,” was grammatically incorrect. As evidence of *my* mistake, I was offered the dictionary definition of “they” from Dictionary dot com. I have– as all citizens should– several skeptical bones
Humorous aside: I just asked Miss M a grammar question. We discussed possible correct answers, parts of speech, etc. She asked, “Where is that book?”
I just looked at her. “That book,” I said. Even allowing that the possible world had been narrowed down to grammar books– a not very narrow space here on the Farm– “That book” was pretty ambiguous, especially since I’m a Harbrace man & she’s Little/Brown and we have multiple editions of each.
One of my favorite quotes: Vocabulary and success go hand in hand. Investigation has shown that the man with a large number of words at his command is the one who comes to lead and direct his fellows. Through his knowledge of words, through his ability to make them express the exact shade of his
are we going to have to go over this? THE UPLOADER. One. 1. Singular. THEIR. More than one. >1. Plural.It’s called “agreement,” people. Sheeze. Even Missy know this and she are a dog for crying out loud.“What? Did I hear my name? Are you blogging about me again?”“No. I only mentioned you in passing.”“Ruff??”“Okay, Rock. I’ll mention