Thursday, 9th April, 2009

Standard English

If this is the Standard version of English, what’s the bad stuff like? Although this is an understandable problem with the apostrophe, london evening standardwe think a major newspaper might know the difference. Watch out for a future post on the reason for  the "its" and "it’s"  discrepancy.

In fact, do you think it matters? Log on and blow your horn about it.

(Legal disclaimer to avoid massive suing of Ludamus: the newspaper may well claim that this notice is nothing do do with them, and that it was written by an individual vendor. The two notices look identical, suggesting central printing, but it may not have been by the august newspaper itself. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be nice if they took steps to make sure that it was right?)

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Wednesday, 20th February, 2008

Why Commas are Important

Commas are important. Here’s a lovely example from the blurb on the back of a science book, “An Introduction to Scientific Research”, McGraw-Hill, 1952. The important comma

“In this practical guide to research the emphasis is on principles, techniques, and procedures. The author, who is Theodore William Richards, Professor of Chemistry at Harvard, first explores the choice and statement of a research problem …”

Question: what’s the author’s name?

It’s E. Bright Wilson Jr., of course. Minor error – major misinformation.

 

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Sunday, 13th January, 2008

Useless Words

There’s a trend at the moment for adding extra non-functional words to existing phrases which work well without them: for instance,annoyed panda

Do we need these extra words, and do they convey any extra and subtle shades of meaning?

Feel free to register and add your own examples, or to disagree if you want.

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