The Oxford English Dictionary listed 1,346 new words as of September 2016. Yikes!
I commented recently to a writer/editor friend that I have long considered there’s the most misused word in the English language. She gave me a puzzled look, as if to disagree but lacking evidence.
I could fill this page — or maybe a book! — with examples. Consider this sampling from weather forecasters to legislators, from financial specialists to everyday people. ContinueLike it? Share it!
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Crest toothpaste is running an ad that features a young woman who used to think all toothpastes were, as she claims, “pretty much the same. But then my husband started getting better checkups than me.”
Than me? She no doubt is parroting what the ad agency’s script says, but does her statement follow guidelines of standard grammar?
Here’s how you can tell: Carry the sentence just two words further to add the implied comparison. ContinueLike it? Share it!
Authors sometimes take license with grammar to create a mood, a scene or a character. I usually don’t object to storytelling that deviates from standard usage, as long as it serves a purpose. Songwriters do it all the time!
When I was invited to join a book club a few months ago, I welcomed the opportunity to expand my horizons by reading things I might not otherwise have chosen to explore. I just finished The Dog Stars, a tale about a handful of individuals who have survived a flu pandemic that appears to have wiped out much of civilization. One review described it as “a post-apocalyptic adventure.”
Peter Heller, an experienced writer who has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop in fiction and poetry, uses a writing style that suits the tale he tells. It mimics the sometimes random thoughts that float through all of our heads, ramblings that don’t require grammatically complete sentences or punctuation. Here’s an example: ContinueLike it? Share it!
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