There have been 3,000 requests filed during the Bogoyovich administration, but he's just granted 89 pardons, and decisions on nearly 2,000 cases are pending.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Brian's Common Errors in English: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/
Which is also a book: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/book.html
And, it turns out it *is* in the Eggcorn Database. I did a search for it on that site and didn't find it, or a second thread of comments, but Google turned it up.
Friday, July 25, 2008
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Monday, July 21, 2008
" . . . Of course, being pickier may mean that women like "Almost A Bride" will miss out on that "full-time mommy dream" you talk about — or whatever you'd call life with a tantrum-throwing 3-year-old who's just this side of 50.
STYLE NOTE: Please make COULD and WILL lowercase and italicized.
< But because something COULD happen to somebody in your demographic doesn't mean it WILL happen to you. >
Oops--I think she wasn't talking to us. Oh, well, at least it makes sense to us! (and, it could be a sort of jaunty writing tactic, which I would not put past Ms. Alkon at all--and it's sort of fun if it is that. It's just that I've never seen her do that sort of thing. Carolyn Hax, yes. Amy Alkon, no)
. . . Now, there is that chance he's freezing up out of performance anxiety or because he sees sleeping together as an I.O.U. for commitment. But more than likely, his favorite sex positions are spooning, snoring, and doggie-style — as in, rolling over and playing dead.
Ultimately, the person in need of your honesty is you: whether the man for you is one who's always got Mr. Happy at the ready, or whether you can make do with a guy who should probably pet-name his entire sex drive Nuclear Winter.
STYLE NOTE, CONSERVATIVE PAPERS ONLY: In the first paragraph, "doggie-style" can be omitted (only if you must!). The last sentence in the first para can be replaced with this:
>Now, there is that chance he's freezing up out of performance anxiety or because he sees sleeping together as an I.O.U. for commitment. But more than likely, his favorite sex positions are spooning, snoring, and rolling over and playing dead.<
This is much more comprehensible than the line, "with enemies like this, who needs goose allies?"
That's the last line of a Field & Stream article a friend of mine edited years and years ago. The story was about something like a wetlands conservation group that found local farmers (who you might have expected to favor draining the wetlands) were in fact pursuing the same conservation goals for reasons related to their own industries. That last line was intended to marvel at the role of these expected enemies: "with enemies like this, who needs allies?"
Whence the goose?
At the time, the magazine used a dingbat at the end of every story--one in the shape of, you guessed it, a goose.
My friend dug out the proof, and indeed, someone had written "goose" on it and drawn a line pointing vaguely in the direction of the last sentence. This being the days of out-of-house typographers (hey, it wasn't THAT long ago; technology moves pretty fast, I'm not THAT old, it's just that I was very young when this story happened!), the typesetter, not being an editor and not being familiar w/ the story, had simply inserted the word "goose" somewhere without querying it, and nobody caught it.
What typographer/proofreader mark have you seen in print?
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
"scanning 1th page now."
Friday, July 18, 2008
". . . and happiest when he's firmly on home base"
"M&Ms is getting even sweeter on weddings"
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Where does the word coco come from?
Here are our choices:
* The Aztec word cachuatl for chocolate
* From the Portuguese word coco, meaning 'goblin'
* From the French caocao meaning milk
I'm thinking,"'What word did they mean? Cocoa?"
OK, so I know it's cheating, but I get out the Web9 on my shelf to look up the word "coco."
It's the fruit of the coconut palm. (the answer: 'goblin,' which was my guess bcs I assumed they had proofread themselves--a chancy assumption, but one I felt it was fair to make; if I got it wrong because of my assumption, I'd just add one on to my score at the end--who would know?)
"to pimp,' or more broadly, to provide base gratification. How did it come to the English language?From Pandarus, who acted as go-between for Troilus and Cressida during the Trojan War (Boccaccio).
I've gotten all hung up on Terry Pratchett. If you hate fantasy, you won't like him, probably. But if you kind of like fantasy, and really like language, and like social insights and social commentary, I bet you'd love him.
Here's my favorite line from today's subway reading.
"Deep in the snow, in the middle of a windswept moorland, a small band of traeling librarians sat around their cooling stoe and wondered what to burn next.
"Tiffany had never been able to find out much about the librarians They were a bit like the wandering priests and teachers who went even into the smallest, loneliest villages to deliver those things--prayers, medicine, facts--that people could do without for weeks at a time but sometimes needed a lot of all at once."
from The Wintersmith, Chapter 7
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I'm in Hawai'i on vacation (eat your heart out), thanks to my Army-man brother, and reading The Honolulu Advertiser.
Today in the arts & leisure section, there's a mini review for the movie The Rape of Europa.
I read the last sentence six times before I could figure this out. (OK, OK, I was reading at the breakfast table, so I wasn't really concentrating hard.)
Film critic Roger Ebert gave it ***.
(I can't do the solid black stars on here.)
OH! Roger Ebert gave it three stars!
Use English, please!
All right, I sort of like the idea of using symbols as though they were words, for fun--but not in a straight news story.
What symbol have you been tempted to drop into written work?