Tag Archives: Style Guides

Washington Post accepts singular they or Newspaper style guides as language authorities

Today one of the top trending tweets on the topic of English usage was “Washington Post will allow singular they”.  The same Post memo stating that they is now okay included the style guide updates regarding the spelling of email, website, … Continue reading

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What makes a usage guide? 

During the construction of the HUGE database, I have been thinking about the genre of usage guides a lot for the simple, practical purpose of determining which titles would be put in the database, and which would not. Edmund Weiner asked … Continue reading

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The world’s worst written sentence

Consider the following sentence: “Yet the nightmare cast its shroud in the guise of a contagion of  a deer-in-the-headlights paralysis.”   According to columnist at The Economist, the above sentence would qualify to be nominated as “the world’s worst written … Continue reading

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Guest lecture by Anya Luscombe: 10 April 2013

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On 10 April, Dr. Anya Luscombe from University College Roosevelt (Middelburg, The Netherlands), will give a guest lecture at the University of Leiden Centre for Linguistics. The lecture will be from: 1.15 to 3 pm, and will take place in … Continue reading

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