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By Anne Curzan. I have been thinking a lot about button-down shirts recently. This is after many years of giving them — or at least giving the word for them — very little thought at all. More...
By William Germano. It’s hard not to be familiar with the term Big Pharma, an acidulated nickname for the pharmaceutical business. More...
Me, Myself, I, and Yourselves Too
By Lucy Ferriss. The use of the reflexive pronoun in a nonreflexive way seems to be a growing phenomenon, but the data are mixed. Among the and -self phrases, and myself occurs most frequently, according to the Corpus of Contemporary American English as well as Google’s Ngram Viewer – but and myself, per COCA, has declined significantly since 1990, whereas and himself has risen. More...
By Lucy Ferriss. Anyone who writes seriously pays attention to punctuation; we know that. That devilish comma in the Second Amendment has spawned countless 21st-century opinion columns despite its obvious roots in 18th-century conventions. More...