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Monday, June 27, 2016

It's not bad grammar - Baltimore Sun

John McIntyre writes in the Baltimore Post:
"An additional mistake is to give the written dialect of English primacy over the spoken, as if written standard English were the 'correct' form of the language and speech a corrupted version. People who think that have got the wrong end of the stick. Speech is the primary language, which we are learning in infancy long before schooling. Speech is where new words and new usages of old words arise, the place where language evolves."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorial Day versus Veterans Day

Not intending to launch a battle between these two U.S. holidays, I'd like to reduce the confusion between the two. They have different, distinct purposes.

As described in Garbl's Editorial Style and Usage Manual:

Memorial Day Capitalize the U.S. holiday for honoring men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Since 1971, it's been celebrated the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, which commemorated the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. For the holiday honoring men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, see Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Capitalize. No apostrophe according to the U.S. statute establishing the legal holiday to honor all men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Since 1978, it's been celebrated on Nov. 11. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day to honor people who served in World War I. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, formerly the Veterans Administration, also takes no apostrophe. For the U.S. holiday honoring men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces, see Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chicago Style Q&A: New Questions and Answers - New Questions and Answers

I get a monthly email announcing the latest Q&A. This one is for May 2016.

For me, the questions and answers run from useful to interesting to irrelevant.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From Baby Boomers to Millennials

I keep reading about Generation X and millennials as generations that follow my generation of baby boomers. But I haven't been sure what years they cover. So I did a bit of web searching. I added entries of what I found out to Garbl's Editorial Style and Usage Manual.

Some demographers, historians and commentators narrow the birth years and then try to describe the interests of people within each generation. My style manual entries don't dabble with that interest stuff.

baby boomer Two words, no hyphen, lowercase. The post-World War II population surge, or baby boom, ran from 1946 to 1964. The terms, though not the people they refer to, are approaching triteness. 

Generation X Capitalized. The generation born after the baby boomers (1946 to 1964). Generation X spans birth dates ranging from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. Gen X is acceptable on second reference. Members of this generation are Gen Xers

millennials Members of the generation following Generation X (early 1960s to early 1980s). Millennials have birthdates ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Also known as Generation Y. There doesn't seem to be a widely used term for the next generation (the early 2000s onward), though Generation Z has its adherents. 


Monday, April 25, 2016

Anthony Trollope’s Witty and Wise Advice on How to Be a Successful Writer – Brain Pickings

Anthony Trollope’s Witty and Wise Advice on How to Be a Successful Writer – Brain Pickings

"The letter, found in The Letters of Anthony Trollope(public library), is brilliantly timeless and timely, a much-needed reality check for all aspiring writers as well as entrepreneurs of all stripes in our age of expecting instantaneous success: ...
"My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best. ..."
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