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  • I don't know if you saw it back then, but I've posted similarly on this subject: :-) []

  • Punctuation is important. Just look at this headline from todays new's:

    Parrot screams fool authorities

    That would be so much cooler as:

    Parrot screams, "fool authorities!"


  • Amusingly... (Score:2, Informative)

    Their Better Writing [] Tip of the Week is:

    Don't use an apostrophe to form a plural. A sentence like 'Please keep the gate's clear' is wrong. Use an apostrophe to indicate possession, or to show that a word has been contracted.
      ---ict / Spoon
  • While I'd enjoy seeing the its vs it's nonsense erradicated from the language, I lament the cannonicalization of try "our" hot dog's. These are grammar mistakes, not the emergence of a new slang.
  • Where? In "blogs" written by illiterate Philistines?

    jest [] can give you a definitive answer here. My layman's understanding is that the OED refers to usage found in print, usually from primary sources. That is, if the New York Times or Nature starts using «emails» vs. «e-mails» vs. the plural noun «email», then that usage is likely to be compiled into the OED.

    Sources like the The Plain Dealer of Bozeman MT, The National Enquirer and Joe-Bob's Guide to Tortise Hunt

    • That is my understanding too, but I cannot imagine printed sources likt the NYT and Nature using the 'plural' word "PEAR'S". As noted, I don't see that.
    • WiReD reported the trend going the other way,
      from email to e-mail [].

      NYT is an interesting benchmark; it allows
      reporters to have non-standard names such as
      Ms. 8 Lee.

  • ODE != OED (Score:3, Informative)

    by vsergu (505) on 2003.09.02 18:49 (#23758) Journal
    As jest [] has pointed out [].