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Item: A teacher asks if she has been wrong throughout her career in instructing students that they must not ever use a comma before because, and Professor Geoffrey Pullum gives tact a try. He’s quite good, actually, but great Fowler’s ghost, what a strain!
Item: Professor Christine Mallinson of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has had her graduate students examining language variations in Baltimore. These students have produced podcasts on accent features among African-Americans, multiculturalism and ethnicity, and hon as a linguistic and identity marker. The hon podcast in particular, being academic and dispassionate, should be a welcome change from the recent shouting over the word.
Item: We’re painfully aware that bureaucrats in business and government, out of self-importance, enjoy those numbing noun-noun-noun combinations that English permits but does not much enjoy. You know, productivity enhancement incentive** for raise. Mike Pope demonstrates that technical writers are particularly given to the construction of “noun stacks.” This one is actual: failed password security question answer attempts limit. Read more.
Item: At Johnson, my new pal A Lyttle is urging David Bentley Hart to give me a sound thrashing at his website: “When he goes on the offensive, he writes some of the most amusing stuff out there. I'd like him to shred MacIntyre and RLG in public because I have an indecent attraction to blood-sport, and he doesn't leave a lot of carrion behind for the vultures.”
If I can control my trembling, I’ll post an update once Dr. Hart unlimbers that ponderous wit.
Item: I’m planning to go on vacation, beginning Sunday,* and expect to post less frequently next week—particularly during the days that Kathleen and I will be at the beach.
*If I’m spared. Still have to put out the Saturday and Sunday editions.
**I made it up on the spot, if anyone out there would like to offer me a second job as an Obfuscator.