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Listen for the apostrophe

Thanks to Everything You Know About English Is Wrong blog (a site that will repay your attention), I have learned about anapostrophism from the Exploring Our Matrix Web site. Have a look.

Those of you who are humorless (yes, we get those, and so, to judge from the comments, does Exploring Our Matrix) should keep in mind that Professor McGrath’s post is satirical.



Posted by John McIntyre at 2:15 PM | | Comments (7)


Similar (?) to the mike/mic debate perhaps, I've come across both "sync" and "synch" as shorthand for "synchronize," as in, "I can't get my Outlook calendar to sync up with my iPhone." I opt for the former (without "h"). Is there a correct or preferred version? "Synch" just looks like a misspelling of "cinch" to my eye.

What we need to learn is Victor Borge's Audible Punctuation. Then you culd immediately tell whether or not you had been apostophied.

Now if I 'culd' only learn how to type... Makes you appreciate copy editors more.

Hi... Totally off topic, but have you noticed the new trend, more in speaking than in writing, of beginning every thought with the word "so"?

So, {pause} blah, blah, blah... I am increasingly hearing this in interviews and when talking in meetings, etc.

Has "So" replaced "Like" or is it in addition?

So, like, you know, I couldn't say.

the new trend, more in speaking than in writing, of beginning every thought with the word "so"?

So, does that really bother people? Geeze, I do it all the time. Not every single thought, but often. And nearly always to begin a train of related thoughts.

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