People can get pretty heated over hyphens — or the lack thereof. The Economist breaks down the etymology and semantics of this incendiary punctuator.
Do interactions between students and faculty in university settings draw from a larger sociological context? Are impeccably proofed, grammatical, formal emails tied to good pedagogy and a liberal credo?
The Economist profiles gendered nouns in the French language, which are becoming controversial as more and more women rise to power.
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Frank Bruni at The New York Times pinpoints a disturbing trend in the political sphere: the use of “that” in place of “who” (instead of saying “people who,” for example, Donald Trump said “people that”).
Meet the “grammar vigilante” of Bristol, England, who goes out undercover at night to correct street signs and shop fronts with incorrect apostrophes.
LawProfBlawg at Above the Law argues in defense of two spaces, linking it to a simpler, easier, pre-smartphone time: “I think the single spacing crowd is comprised of people who are always rushing someplace.”
Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl, prefers one space, and notes in Business Insider that most style guides, coding platforms, and typesetters do as well. “Everyone who makes the rules today agrees: It’s a one-space world.”
Is this discourse simply an excuse for grammatical one-upmanship, or does that one extra space really make a difference?
Writers rely too much on the tired verb “to be,” says Ragan. Here’s how to eliminate it and put more zing in your stories.