Awaiting the storm
If you’re on the East Coast, buttoned down amid your stockpiles of bottled water and batteries, here are some things you can read as you wait for the power to fail.
Something to bookmark: At its website, The Chronicle of Higher Education has launched Lingua Franca, a blog on language and writing featuring five distinguished contributors: Lucy Ferriss, Allan Metcalf, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Carol Fisher Saller, and Ben Yagoda.
Among the initial posts is a reflection by Ms. Saller on consistency in copy editing, and when it shouldn’t matter so much.
For the nerds: Writing at The Boston Globe, the estimable Ben Zimmer reflects on the cloudy origins of the word nerd in the early 1950s, disposing along the way of some of the folk etymologies people have crafted.
Oh yeah, that: At HeadsUp, a salutary reminder: “News is supposed to be interesting for its own sake.”
Stay dry, people.