language

Throwing shade

It’s akin to the earth shifting beneath my feet, this constant change in the English language. It’s as though I built my editorial house on sand. Of course language evolves. It has to in order to accommodate new discoveries, new… Read More ›

When smart quotes aren’t

It’s a term that begs to be used: apostrophe catastrophe. And it has become so cliché that I won’t use it here. There are already dozens of articles and at least one blog titled “Apostrophe Catastrophe.” Most of the writers describe the misuse… Read More ›

What your dialect says about you

The New York Times today features a test that will show what your dialect says about where you’re from. Or perhaps where you’ve previously lived. Both the questions and the associated “temperature maps” probably look familiar because I’ve written about the… Read More ›