13 décembre 2015

Giving Words

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . When I saw an article on Friendsgiving in The Wall Street Journal last week, I knew I had a topic for the day before Thanksgiving: giving words. A long list, that is, of words ending in -giving, like those two. More...

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Let’s Call the Whole Thing ‘Often’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I was listening the other day to “Reply All,” a podcast about the Internet, and P.J. Vogt, the reporter/host, had occasion to say the word often. I was pretty confident that I knew how he was going to pronounce it. More...

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Books and Mortar

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . A memorable (to me) segment on the old Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was “Share a Little Tea with Goldie,” in which a wide-eyed hippie, played by Leigh French, found various things to say “Oh, wow” about. I have been thinking about one particular episode in which Goldie excitedly demonstrated to viewers an invention she’d come up with. More...

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Who That?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Last week, referring to Ben Carson’s (supposedly) terrible temper, Donald Trump said, “I don’t want a person that’s got a pathological disease.”
What caught my eye was that he didn’t say, “… a person who’s got a pathological disease.” For some years, I have been noticing that my students favor the choice of that over who as a relative pronoun. More...

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