#FridayFive: Favorite Adverbs July 23rd, 2010 @ 6:14 am PDTRead the Friday Five …
You Could NOT Care Less January 26th, 2010 @ 6:51 am PDT
I can’t stand when people say, “I could care less.” “I could care less,” is one of those little things that drives me absolutely batshit crazy. If you could care less, it means you care. That’s not what you mean when you say that, is it? What you mean is that you don’t care. Someone […]
Whether or Not August 10th, 2008 @ 1:32 am PDT
The words or not never follow the word whether. That’s it. That’s the rule. Whether implies or not. You don’t ever need to say both of them. The words or not should never be spoken. (They should certainly never be written.) Whether implies “or not”. Get it?
Wonderful Phrases July 31st, 2008 @ 5:10 am PDT
These all need to make a comeback
Gay Marriage June 12th, 2008 @ 9:38 am PDT
There was a story this morning about gay marriage on LA’s 89.3 KPCC. I was infinitely more offended by the fact that reporter Kelly Wilkinson pronounced the word “rural” as “rurl” and the word “unfamiliar” as “unfermiliar” than I was about any part of the gay rights argument.
Chinese Instructions, Part 2 March 2nd, 2007 @ 10:24 am PDT
I got a new insulated coffee mug a few days ago. There was a little slip of paper inside it with “instructions”. This is a coffee mug. It’s very nice and this morning it did an excellent job of keeping my coffee hot while I drove to the office. Here’s a bit of the writing […]
Grammar Matters (Still) February 15th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm PDT
Recently I saw a commercial for Sylvan Learning Centers. This is a company that is selling products to help your children do well in school. The ad showed a teenage girl gabbing on the telephone. The voice-over said, “Sally sure can talk fast. We can help her read fast,” or something like that. Apparently grammar […]
Grammar Matters (Again) January 17th, 2007 @ 6:06 am PDT
Last night I writhed in agony while watching the 11 o’clock news. The local NBC affiliate was running a story about the Sacramento disc jockeys that were fired recently. (The radio personalities had sponsored a contest which led to the death of a woman.) Behind the anchorman the screen displayed DJ’s Fired. I’m sure that […]
Chinese Instructions December 1st, 2006 @ 7:50 am PDT
Translating Chinese is fun.