Imperatively speaking
26 September 2022 | 12:10 pm

Q: A sign in the bathroom of the ladies’ locker room says, “It is imperative that nothing but TP is put in the toilet.” Aside from the fact that a couple of other things also go in the toilet, shouldn’t this read “be put,” not “is put”? A: A sentence like that is referred to as […]

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The pilgrimage of ‘progress’
19 September 2022 | 12:10 pm

Q: In looking up “progress,” I stumbled across this note: “The verb became obsolete in British English use at the end of the 17th century and was readopted from American English in the early 19th century.” Why did it become obsolete in Britain, not the US? A: The verb “progress” wasn’t actually obsolete in British […]

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Blowing Their Cover
14 September 2022 | 12:10 pm

[Pat’s review of a book about how publishers tout their books, reprinted from the September 2022 issue of the Literary Review, London. We’ve left in the British punctuation and spelling.] * * * * * * * * * * * * PATRICIA T O’CONNER Blurb Your Enthusiasm: An A–Z of Literary Persuasion By Louise Willder […]

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