July 27, 2011
In making over William Stunk and EB White’s The Elements of Style for the 21st century, Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen have created more than just a helpful parody. They’ve revivified an important literary classic for a modern audience – without a single zombie, vampire or werewolf added to the text.
December 7, 2010
The following piece was first published in The Enthusiast. ————– In a move that will no doubt confirm some people’s suspicions about US English, the New Oxford American Dictionary‘s Word of the Year for 2010 isn’t even a word. Refudiate – renowned intellect Sarah Palin’s mangling of refute and repudiate into one Frankenstein of a […]
September 3, 2010
A few years ago, a friend emailed me a Guardian article about some blokes who were driving across America, righting grammatical wrongs, and calling themselves the Typo Eradication Advancement League. The article was, I thought, full of grammatical wrongs and I shot back a snide ‘Don’t they mean writing grammatical wrongs?’ Putting aside the fact […]