I will not stop using periods.

PeriodApparently, some people interpret the period to be an indication of aggression, at least when texting. Ben Crair, writing in the New Republic, explains that many people are omitting periods in everyday text messages. Consequently, they assume the inclusion of a period means trouble. To those people I say, Bollocks! A period means the end of a complete thought–aggressive, pleasant, or otherwise. If I’m angry, I’ll tell you, like this: your omitting periods really ticks me off.

Marital Linguistics

For Tracy.

Today Tracy and I celebrate our two-year wedding anniversary. On August 8th, 2009 we publicly declared our lifelong commitment to each other, before a relatively small group of family and friends, at an art gallery in downtown Toledo.

We are married, yet Tracy is not my wife, nor am I her husband. We are each other’s spouses, or life partners.  Continue reading “Marital Linguistics”

50 Americanisms: Grammar Man Responds to the BBC

Oftentimes the British come across as a passive-aggressive older sibling envious of the younger sibling’s success.

On July 13th (or 13 July, for you Brits), Matthew Engel published an article in the BBC News Magazine, in which he denounced the preponderance of “Americanisms” in British speech. Six days later the BBC published a list of the fifty most noted (and often disparaged) “Americanisms” emailed by readers. Most of the protests, I quickly realized, amount to nothing more than the unfounded grumblings of British soreheads.  Continue reading “50 Americanisms: Grammar Man Responds to the BBC”