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The week that is

Item: The word of the week, if you missed it yesterday, is philtrum. You may not have been aware that you have one.

Item: This work week culminates Friday in National Grammar Day. The pulse-pounding conclusion to “Grammarnoir 3: The wages of syntax” is only one of the events to mark the day. Check out others here.

Item: Don’t tell me that your outrage is spent over the cancellation of the “On Language” column by The New York Times. “Johnson,” the language blog of The Economist, has weighed in on the scandal, and there are hints that The Times may be rethinking the decision. Give them a push.



Posted by John McIntyre at 3:48 PM | | Comments (4)


Word of the week comment...

Hitler's miniscule mustache neatly covered his philtrum, but not much else.

I knew, of course, that I have a philtrum--but ALL mammals? I will have to inspect my cats' faces more closely.

Push delivered to Times this morning.

I have an oral frenum, too.

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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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