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Some catching up to do

Well, you may have missed some things over the weekend if you weren’t goofing off at work, which is where and when American consults the Internet. So, to catch up:

“A prescriptivist’s lot is not a happy one”

“Easy on the quotation marks”

“End times”

But if you’re ready to start a fresh week, the word of the week is consanguinity.

The joke of the week is moving separately.

Posted by John McIntyre at 10:33 AM | | Comments (1)


Hey, we genealogists know all about consanguinity.

Even when it's distant enough to satisfy church and state, it can make a mess of our charts.

One pair of my ancestors were third cousins -- no problem there, except that their common g-g-grandparents and all THEIR ancestors show up twice in all my charts. But then we found out they were probably also third cousins once removed -- such is life in small Virginia towns in the 19th century -- and the family tree started looking like a bramble bush.

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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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