It was a busy week at the sentence clinic; there was time for just one blog post, which featured a funny publishing anecdote and a curious law of fashion. Until I get round to another, here is some language-related reading and listening material for your enjoyment:
The virtues of the passive voice.
‘Ghetto grammar‘ is not the problem.
Twanging with Lynne Murphy aka Lynneguist (audio).
Shakespeare insult kit.
+1’tastic: When a number becomes a word.
The hidden meaning of pronouns.
The lie/lay problem, or why “English morphology is a disgrace.”
Inscription at Persepolis.
Fifty concise writing tips (PDF).
Goldwynisms – the genuine, the phony, and the professionally created.
Swearing, euphemisms, and linguistic relativity.
Humorous units of measurement.
Connecting through a common third language.
Commonly confused words.