Blame McDonald’s. That’s my response to a reader who has been noticing what he perceives as unconventional, nonstandard — or simply ungrammatical — usage. Here’s his issue: Like it? Share it!
Chuck Berry, considered one of the most influential performers in the history of music, died March 18 at age 90. Some called Berry the father of rock ‘n’ roll, citing the impact he had on Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds, to name a few. His passing was covered […]
Lyrics from Pat Benetar’s “You Better Run” prompted a reader query. “Almost every time I see or hear ‘You better …’ I think it should be ‘You had better …’ But then I immediately think that probably isn’t correct, either.” These classic holiday lyrics prompt the same dilemma: You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: […]
Although we likely don’t give it much thought when we’re listening to a song, we’d all have to admit that lyricists often take liberties with grammar. Because of the record-breaking sales of Adele’s recent album 25 — according to billboard, over 4 million in the U.S. since its Nov. 20 release — I thought it might be fun to zero […]