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Grammar Pet Peeves: Who, Whom, None Is Or Are?

(940) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 10:18 AM

Many people think of language as a set of rules; break them, and you're Wrong. But that's not how language works. There are different degrees of wrongness, and there's not a bright line between the degrees--and many things that people think are wrong aren't. I'm the office language-nerd at work,...

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Loving The English Language, Or Loving To Complain About It?

(840) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 8:22 AM

Everyone has a language peeve. Mine is "literally," a great word with no close synonym. When used as a mere intensifier or to mean simply "It felt as though..." it has almost no kick at all. And when misused, it can be spectacular: what Lindsey Graham recently said of an...

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