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To all lovers of the English language.

“Along with be, all and go, the construction combining be and like has become a common way of introducing quotations in informal conversation, especially among younger people: “So I’m like, ‘Let’s get out of here!’” As with go, this use of like can also announce a brief … Continue reading

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Quadruple-negative

I must be lazy. I tried parsing this headline for about half a minute before giving up and deciding it wasn’t worth the effort. “…if the Federal Government fails to reverse a decision to lift anti-dumping duties…” (from ABC News: … Continue reading

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Why I’m fussy about the details

I’m often getting into trouble for being to exacting and specific. This [thedailywtf.com: “Service Tag, Please”] may go some way to illustrating why I tend to be fussy about the details :)

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Illuminated Engrish

From the enclosed warning/instruction sheet for a string of Christmas lights, made in China: “Do not use only with transformer supplied.” (do I have to use an additional transformer, or some other part entirely?) “Should the transformer get damaged, do … Continue reading

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Actually Literally or Literally Figuratively

I get a bit annoyed whenever I hear someone use the word “literally” when they mean “figuratively”, e.g. “I literally died when I saw my bank statement” (if they had died literally, they wouldn’t be able to say so). This … Continue reading

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