Author Archives: Cynthia Lange

Fun with Codification

During the last months, I’ve been assisting in compiling the Bridging the Unbridgeable project’s database of usage guides and usage problems – which will be launched at a lunch lecture this Friday. This has been a wonderful and interesting experience … Continue reading

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The Art of Usage Guides

This morning, while I was browsing around one of my favorite websites brainpickings.org, I came across an article which mentions the 2005 edition of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s classic The Elements of Style. This edition is illustrated by … Continue reading

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Grammar Rock

In a single day of reading, copying, pasting, and generally mulling over usage guide entries, grammar songs – such as Conjunction Junction and that one about pronouns – occur to me more often than I care to admit. Although these … Continue reading

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Last week I was reminded of the usefulness of Boolean operators by Ewoud Sanders’ booklet on eResearch which is available (in Dutch) here. Because it is often possible to find enough relevant information using simple search queries, I sometimes forget the … Continue reading

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Thusly is not a word?

Recently, one of my tutors pointed out my use of thusly in an essay. I used it thus: (except I would have added -ly there). Frankly, I was surprised to see it. Thusly was not a conscious choice during composition. … Continue reading

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March Forth on March Fourth!

Yesterday was National Grammar Day in the United States – a day to celebrate language and the neat things we do with it. National Grammar Day was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough founder of SPOGG (Society for the Promotion … Continue reading

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A Way with Words

I am one of many fans of the public radio program, A Way with Words. The show is broadcast from San Diego and presented by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett. They discuss a variety of language-related topics in an accessible, … Continue reading

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