Monday, bloody Monday again
So you’re at work today, goofing off at the Internet, while I, with the day off from the paragraph factory, am at the computer, about to work on an editing project. Poor devils all.
Assuming that you have already checked out the joke of the week at baltimoresun,com, here are some other things you can amuse yourself with instead of the things you are supposed to be doing.
If you are fluent in Ebonics, the dialect of English sometimes called black English, the Department of Justice might offer you a job. A reader forwarded this link to The Smoking Gun.
A couple of people have called my attention to savethewords.org, an effort to keep older words in circulation as they are pushed out of dictionaries by newer words. Feel free to adopt and use obscure words, and damn the eyes of anybody who tells you that you shouldn’t use any words that would be unfamiliar to a graduate of an American public high school.
A proud tweet from @PeterSokolowski points to a redesign at merriam-webster.com. It is indeed a handsome new version of a site that all of you should be using regularly.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out at Language Log the most impressive crash blossom yet. It is, of course, British, since British sub-editors have advanced the art well beyond anything American copy editors have accomplished: Council hires ban bid taxi firm. Watching the linguists try to wrestle this one to the ground is a major part of the fun.
Now, aren’t there other things you should be getting around to?