- COMPETING AT BAKING. (2)
- POETRY AND BASEBALL. (2)
- Nick: Correction! It’s @mornacale on Twitter. Slight typo.
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. (1)
- Nick: I believe the live draft has value above and beyond nostalgia and the social benefit of seeing people in...
- THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: As is so often the case, the Simpsons have indirectly weighed in on this issue, as Homer clumsily and...
- EATING PEAS WITH A KNIFE. (1)
- milton: What was the origin of eating peas with a knife ? Comic strip ? I remember it from the late 40s.. m “I...
- A MOSQUITO AND DNA. (1)
- Nick: Not to take away from how cool that is, but I’d have to think a defense attorney would have a field day...
- HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (WINTER)—THE PAINTING. (1)
- Nick: I haven’t looked at this painting in years, but upon looking at it again I was reminded of what...
- ECONOMICS IS “A COLLECTION OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”. (1)
- Nick: In a Simpsons episode, Bart protects two rare lizards such that they are able to breed. The population...
- A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: And all of this to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Intentional walks and extra innings games...
- A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. (1)
- Nick: I’m not a purist, but the problem with this rule is it seems that it would likely result in a bunting...
- “ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. (1)
- Nick: We’ve gotten a lot of joy out of a similar game called “Wise & Otherwise.” Instead of a...
Category Archives: Literature
USING THE SINGULAR “THEY” BECAUSE IT’S TRADITIONAL. Paula Froke, lead editor for the AP Stylebook, said “… we offer new advice for two reasons: recognition that the spoken language uses they as singular and we also recognize the need for … Continue reading
VINDICATION FOR “THEY” AS A GENDER-NEUTRAL SINGULAR PRONOUN. In 2010, I posted an apology to Annalisa and Nick for having given them a hard time when they were in school about being careful not to use “they” as a gender-neutral … Continue reading
STATES WHICH REQUIRE THE OXFORD COMMA IN STATUTES. Grammarians argue about the Oxford comma with only clarity and style at stake. For judges and legislative draftsmen, the “serial comma”, as the Oxford comma is referred to in the opinion I … Continue reading
A COURT CASE TURNING ON THE USE—OR NONUSE—OF THE OXFORD COMMA. I posted here about RAB’s discussion of the Oxford comma on her You Know What I Meant blog. She gives a striking example of the ambiguity which can result … Continue reading
ACTORS INTONING.. I posted here about how Mary Jane and I each liked Mel Gibson’s performance as Hamlet because he avoided the “intoning” of Shakespeare’s lines that we each associate with John Gielgud—a style which always seemed to be focused … Continue reading
HOW I LEARNED THE EXCLAMATION POINT IN HIGH SCHOOL. An exclamation point can be like a stage direction. In second year high school English—where I learned all the punctuation and grammar rules I ever needed in six brilliantly taught weeks—one … Continue reading
WHY THE HATRED FOR THE EXCLAMATION POINT? Why would Elmore Leonard call for limiting the use of exclamation points? This article in the Atlantic by Megan Garber provides a list of some of the names that the exclamation point has … Continue reading
THE PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING UNDERLYING TOM WOLFE’S USE OF EXCLAMATION POINTS. Here is Tom Wolfe’s explanation from the brainyquote website for why he uses exclamation points. “People complain about my exclamation points, but I honestly think that’s the way people think. … Continue reading
TOM WOLFE AND THE EXCLAMATION POINT. I would have thought that Tom Wolfe would win a competition for the heaviest user of exclamation points because he loves descriptions from the point of view of an excited onlooker. In looking for … Continue reading
WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY. Here are the results for the ten writers. The number opposite their names is the number of exclamation points they use per 100,000 words. Elmore Leonard…….49 Ernest Hemingway…..59 Toni Morrison…….111 Salman Rushdie……204 Virginia … Continue reading