Thursday, June 4, 2009

Why Newspapers Columnists Don't Like to Check Their E-mail

June, as a former English teacher, I noticed your split infinitive in your first paragraph. I'm sure it was just a simple error, but it is one that irritates me. I hope you don't mind. I do enjoy reading your column!

It's so satisfying to hear that she enjoys reading a column in which I have repeatedly written, "There's no such thing as a split infinitive."

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Joel said...


As an NPR freak, I feel compelled to repeat my recommendation of the Nunberg interview I mentioned on Facebook, especially the last four minutes of it.

June Casagrande said...

Thanks for putting that here, too! I appreciate it!

Linnee said...

Maybe she's a former English teacher because she had the tendency to often correct non-mistakes.

June Casagrande said...

: )

I figured "former" was just because she was living in the Dark Ages.

Blackwell said...

Shows how often she reads your column if she hasn't figured that out!

June Casagrande said...

I get a lot of this one, too: "Keep fighting the good fight against bad grammar and the erosion of our language."

I do no such thing. I don't fight "bad" grammar -- though I do try to help those who want help -- and I certainly don't bemoan the "erosion" of our language. I believe the experts who say it's not eroding, just evolving. Still, people assume I'm a member of prescriptivist police just because I write on the topic.

It's a weird feeling.


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