Friday for you, Thursday for me
As I suggested in a tweet yesterday, don’t bother whining about your schedule to someone who has worked Saturday nights for the past thirty years. But today is a good day to catch up with some items before your weekend.
Item: It’s good to see @romenesko tweeting about events in journalism. It is particularly striking to contrast his compact tweeted summary with the wordiness of Poynter’s MediaWire. (You don’t have to sign up for Twitter to read his tweets; a simple search will discover them.) One also looks forward to his forthcoming blog at jimromenesko.com.
So far as I can tell, Poynter has not apologized publicly for the clumsy manner in which it forced him out. But then, I’m not visiting there as much as I did formerly.
Item: I knew I’d heard people use y’all as a singular, had even been addressed as such myself. But no, everyone said, y’all is always a plural, and it’s only damnyankees who get it wrong. But yesterday Stan Carey, that lovely man, quoted the linguist David Crystal on his first hearing—note that first—of y’all in the singular.
“When this first happened to me, in Texas in the 1960s, I was completely taken by surprise. As I entered a store, the assistant greeted me with a Howdy, y'all, and I actually looked round to see who else had come into the store with me. But there was only me there. And as I left he said Y'all take care now.”
Item: Jan Freeman, writing at Throw Grammar from the Train, investigates the origin of the term stocking stuffer—it’s fairly recent—and agrees with me that PNC Bank’s annual story on the cost of the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is idiotic. And yet, so deaf are some to the murmurs of sweet reason, one of her readers commented to accuse me of “thought policing.”
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