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Hey, look over there!

The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, one of the sponsors of National Grammar Day, has a grammar blog at its Web site. You might find it worth a look. But be cautious, SPOGG likes You Don’t Say, so the judgment over there may be questionable. (Also SPOGG and National Grammar Day are two Web pages with the same Web address. Weird.)

We have a distinguished entrant into the Blogosphere in David Sullivan, an assistant managing editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer whose newly launched site, That’s the Press, Baby, takes on the daunting task of justifying the print newspaper.

That is, he wants to justify its existence for reasons other than nostalgia. No one is going to keep buying newspapers because our grandparents read them; we who produce newspapers have to give readers a reason for buying them, and we work in an industry that has ignored its major problems, or dealt with them ineptly. Today, people in the business sound as gloomy as Abraham Lincoln did in the winter of 1862, when he commented glumly, “The bottom is out of the tub.”

If anyone can move beyond the winter of discontent, Mr. Sullivan can. He is smart and thoughtful, as befits a member of that smart and thoughtful class of journalists, professional copy editors. I’m interested in finding out what he has to say.

And finally, over at The Web of Language, Dennis Baron has written thoughtfully about the scary stories that tell us that literacy is on the decline. He wonders whether that is so, and what kind of literacy we should be talking about.



Posted by John McIntyre at 1:12 PM | | Comments (1)


Thanks for the additions to my Reader. I look forward to spending ample amount of what should be time spent doing real work reading over them :)

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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