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Is Google programmed to teach us not to write "Democrat Party"?!

In a post earlier this morning, I noticed the congressional Democrats have something called "New Democrat Coalition" and wondered why they accepted using "Democrat" like that when they adamantly oppose "Democrat Party." It's a coalition of Democrats, so Democrat Coalition is fine grammatically. You can use a noun as an adjective when it makes sense. It's the Optimist Club, not the Optimistic Club. Why rankle at "Democrat Party"? And why think you're insulting them by calling it the "Democrat Par...
Tags: Google, Law, Israel, Grammar, Republican Party, Rats, Spelling, Democratic Party, Democrat Party, Hertzberg, Ann Althouse, Optimist Club, Hendrik Hertzberg, New Democrat Coalition, Mesquito, Democrat Coalition

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Old English

What does a language lose as it changes?
Tags: News, Grammar, Poetry and Poets, Middle Ages (Historical Period, Beowulf (Book

I'm trying to read "Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging"...

... which went up 3 hours ago at Axios. The bottom line: Unlike most others, who pretended to leave on fine terms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bailed with a sharp, specific, stinging rebuke of Trump and his America-first worldview....It was a historic letter and a historic moment capping a historic day, one you could easily see filling a full chapter of future books on the Trump presidency. The wheels felt like they were coming off the White House before Mattis quit. • The spiral began Wednesda...
Tags: Law, White House, Defense, America, Syria, Metaphor, Afghanistan, Grammar, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military

The Intermediate Chinese Grammar Wiki Book is out!

The Intermediate Chinese Grammar Wiki Book is available: in print (on Amazon)as a Kindle ebookas an iBooks ebook It’s really been a ton of work editing, rewriting, and reworking all kinds of intermediate grammar points for the new book. The result, however, is both a solid book and better wiki content. If you want to support the wiki, please buy the book! (If you don’t need another stack of paper, I highly recommend the ebook. The instant search alone is really great.) Special than...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, George R R Martin, AllSet Learning, Chen Shishuang, Li Jiong, Ma Lihua, Jake Liu, Benedikt Rauh, Anneke Garcia

"Abigail was right to be confused. Under her state’s law, what Grant did was not technically illegal..."

"... even though he later admitted that he knew Abigail wasn’t consenting to sex with him. That’s because in Indiana, sex only becomes rape when it’s compelled through force or threats, if the victim is mentally disabled and can’t properly consent, or if he or she is unaware that the sex is occurring. Abigail knew she was having sex. She just didn’t know it was with Grant.... When you have sex with someone, are you agreeing to sleep with just the physical entity before you? Or is it something bi...
Tags: Law, Indiana, Lying, Grammar, Rape, Grant, Abigail, Ann Althouse

New York stories: This Grammar Guru Will Solve the World’s Problems

Or, at least, help you figure out when to use an Oxford comma.
Tags: New York, News, Grammar, Ellen, Manhattan (NYC, Jovin

"I’m so upset, I feel physically ill. Just the ugliness of it all. It’s so heartbreaking that all we can do is bring each other down and cut into each other. I feel like I’m going to cry."

Said Marsha Newman, a 66-year old school counselor in Chapmanville, W.Va., quoted in "These Americans Are Done With Politics/The Exhausted Majority needs a break" (NYT). According to the article, a study by a "nonpartisan organization" found two thirds of "a representative group of 8,000 Americans" to fall into a category labeled "Exhausted Majority."“It feels very lonely out here,” said Jamie McDaniel, a 36-year-old home health care worker in Topeka, Kan., one of several people in the study who...
Tags: Law, Senate, Barack Obama, Grammar, Democrat, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Bell, Trump, Democratic Party, Topeka, Damon, Ann Althouse, CHAPMANVILLE W Va, Brett Kavanaugh, Democratic Party in Trumpland

"As a queer, trans, disabled person who goes by they/them, I'm this SJW snowflake. I don’t want to sit down with cops. The Christian right is making strange bedfellows right now."

Said Dakota Bracciale, the owner of Catland, quoted in "Inside the Brooklyn Witches’ Antifa Hex on Kavanaugh/Despite protests, the Brooklyn antifa witches’ hex on Brett Kavanaugh went on. Both vengeful hate and intense love filled the event" (The Daily Beast).Bracciale — "who goes by they/them" but calls themself "I" — made "strange bedfellows" with the police to arrange for security during Catland's planned event purporting to call violence down upon Brett Kavanaugh.Catland is a Brooklyn shop t...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Law, Police, Wikipedia, Brooklyn, Commerce, Grammar, Stupid, The Future, Shakespeare, Catholics, Astrology, Misc, Witchcraft, Kavanaugh

7 brilliant Japanese words we need in English

English is a phenomenal language, but there are circumstances where words seem to fail us.Often, other languages have already found a solution to expressing the complicated ideas that can't be succinctly conveyed in English.If you've ever wanted to describe the anguish of a bad haircut, the pleasure of walking in the woods, or the satisfaction of finding your life's purpose, read on. None Don't get me wrong. The English language has some very excellent words. There's petrichor, the pleasant smel...
Tags: Work, Asia, Japan, Scotland, Language, Grammar, Innovation, Philosophy, Speech, Environmental Protection Agency, Pearl Harbor, Spoken word, Don, Shetland, Merriam, Ikigai

Deciphering “skr” Slang

So there’s this word “skr” being used a lot in China these days, mainly by Chinese kids online. As with any popular internet slang, however, it has found its way into real-world marketing materials. Here’s a usage I spotted the other day in Shanghai: So the part we’re focused on here is: 省skr人 Which means, essentially: 省死个人 This could be restated as: (人)可以省很多钱 If you’re trying to make sense of “skr,” it’s usually used to replace 是个 or 死个 (normally it should be the intensifying ...
Tags: China, Advertising, Language, Grammar, Shanghai, Linguistics, WeChat, Slang

"Advise and consent" or "advice and consent"?

Which is it? I'm hearing "advice and consent" — the nouns — but I write "advise and consent" — the verbs. I prefer the sound of "the Senate's advise-and-consent role" (which I wrote here and here). Kavanaugh, testifying, told the Senators, "You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with search and destroy." He said "advice," even at the cost of losing parallelism. "Search and destroy" are verbs. If nouns and not verbs are called for, he should have said "You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ...
Tags: Utah, Books, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Senate, Wikipedia, Grammar, University Of Chicago, South Carolina, Anderson, Morton, State, Soviet Union, Munson, Kavanaugh

So I made a screencast…

I’m in the middle of the 7-day Chinese National Day ( 国庆节 ) holiday, and I’m in the office getting some work done. I decided a while ago that it would be useful to make some videos (and I did make one), but I didn’t want the hassle of video editing (or managing video editing) on a regular basis. Turns out screencasts are really easy to do once you get them all set up! So I’m doing a series of screencasts about the Chinese Grammar Wiki, and this first one explains how you can make use of keywords...
Tags: Video, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, AllSet Learning

When the Teacher Strikes Back

I came across this image on WeChat: The original image was written in traditional characters. Here’s a simplified Chinese transcript: 学生:老师你教的都 是没有用的东西 。 老师:我不许你这样 说自己 。 Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it at first. Some native speakers even take a second to figure out what happened. This is a case of syntactic ambiguity. You can interpret the first statement in two ways, and it’s all because the verb 教 , meaning “to teach,” can take two objects: who is being taught (what we think of a...
Tags: Funny, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, Ambiguity

Does Tool Exist to Spellcheck/Grammarcheck by Category?

I was wondering if anyone has come across anything like this in their travels? If so, please let me know. To my knowledge, most tools allow you to check and replace on a one-by-one basis. They don't give you an easy way to see all spelling/grammar errors on a document-wide level. What I Envision Sample Input: Quote: This is the 1st erro. My names is tex. second, this is a diferent error. And this is a 2nd erro. i converted 2 diferent dollars to erros when I ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Workshop, Grammar, Sigil, Capitalization

Grammarly now saves you from embarrassing mistakes in Google Docs, too

Grammarly now supports Google Docs. Over the course of the last few years, Grammarly has made a name for itself as one of the better grammar and spelling checkers on the market. As a Chrome extension, it neatly integrates with virtually every major online tool and social media site, but until now, Google Docs remained a blind spot. Because of its real-time collaboration features, the Google Docs editor isn’t just a straight-up text field, after all, so the Grammarly team had to do a bit of...
Tags: Google, Chrome Extension, Startups, TC, Grammar, Google Docs, Grammarly

Shanghai Subway Ads that Teach Chinese Grammar

Sometimes it feels like the environment is actively trying to teach certain words or grammar patterns. Recently I’ve been seeing this series of ads in the Shanghai Metro every day: 不为朋友圈而运动 不为跟风而运动 不为赶时髦而运动 不为别人的眼光而运动 不为自拍而运动 In this case, the pattern is a negative version of 为……而…… . The pattern 为……而…… indicates doing a certain action for a certain purpose (apparently the red line is just there to emphasize “NOT for this purpose”). I discovered that this pattern was ...
Tags: Translation, Advertising, Language, Grammar, Shanghai, Linguistics,, Shanghai Metro

Trump says he just botched a double negative.

"Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and claimed he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin about whether Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.Mr. Trump, reading from a script, said he believed the assessment of the nation’s intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the campaign after having seeming to have accepted ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, Grammar, Fox News, Trump, Helsinki Finland, Ann Althouse, Vladimir V Putin, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles

Trump Uses Random Uppercase Letters, but Should You? An Issue of Capital Importance

A handy guide to capitalization in the era of tweeting, texting and Trump.
Tags: News, Social Media, Grammar, Trump, English Language, Garner, Stamper, Donald J, Kory, Bryan A, Capital Importance

Quit Trashing Your Writing Voice with This Rookie Mistake

I’ve been thinking about writing this one for quite a while, but I’ve just had a lot of other stuff going on. But I can’t stay silent anymore. We need to talk about a serious issue that’s impeding our ability to have the simplest of conversations. No, I’m not talking about the fraying political discourse. Read More... The post Quit Trashing Your Writing Voice with This Rookie Mistake appeared first on Copyblogger.
Tags: Featured, Writing, Blogging, Grammar

Eat Less Meat, says Huang Xuan

I spotted these pro-veggie ads in the Shanghai Metro recently: 少吃肉 [Eat less meat] 多走走 [Walk more] 少吃肉 [Eat less meat] 多福寿 [Be happier and live longer] The obvious grammar points here are 少 + V and 多 + V (which don’t tend to come naturally to English speakers). This is good to see, because as anyone who has lived in China should know, the (even remotely) affluent Chinese consume quite a bit of meat these days (and waste a lot of it, too). The ads aren’t too clever, but the message...
Tags: Translation, Food, China, Advertising, United States, Language, Grammar, Shanghai, Linguistics, Huang Xuan, Shanghai Metro, WildAid Related

About Roseanneless "Roseanne" and persons "of colors."

I'm trying to read "How ABC changed ‘Roseanne’ into ‘The Conners’ and kept the status quo/The frustrating reality of the entertainment industry" by Monica Castillo at The Lily (which is a woman-oriented offshoot of The Washington Post).Castillo objects to the new version of the show — "Roseanne" without Roseanne — because the actors and writers employed on the old show could have been used to produce a completely new show. Castillo then gives us this paragraph (as if it supports the proposition ...
Tags: Law, Abc, Hawaii, Grammar, John Goodman, Roseanne Barr, Directors Guild Of America, Dan, Castillo, Sara Gilbert, Roseanne, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Monica Castillo, Conners, Darlene Conner

‘OMG This Is Wrong!’ Retired English Teacher Marks Up a White House Letter and Sends It Back

A former high school teacher who wrote to Mr. Trump was unhappy with the letter she got in return. “Poor writing is not something I abide,” she said.
Tags: News, Grammar, Letters, Trump, English Language, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Yvonne Mason

‘OMG This Is Wrong!’ Retired English Teacher Corrects a White House Letter and Sends It Back

A former high school teacher who wrote to Mr. Trump was unhappy with the letter she got in return. “Poor writing is not something I abide,” she said.
Tags: News, Grammar, Letters, Trump, English Language, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Yvonne Mason, White House Letter

James Taranto applies grammar-gotcha pain to Charles Blow.

"like I" — James Taranto (@jamestaranto) May 24, 2018 It's particularly funny because Blow — in "The Elevation of Imprecision" — is trying to look down on Trump. Trump, we're told, uses "language that muddles to the point of meaninglessness, language that rejects exactitude, language that elevates imprecision as a device to avoid being discovered in his deceit." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Grammar, Trump Trump, James Taranto, Charles Blow, Ann Althouse

Login or log in, sign up or signup? How to tell when to use one word, when two

When should we use one word, when should we use two, for terms like “log in”, “sign up”, “back up”, and the like? This is a hot topic among technical writers, UX writers, and any designers who use text in their products. The question is particularly relevant in the software industry, but it affects other […]
Tags: Seo, Humour, Language, Grammar, Hyphens, Login, Spelling, Technical Communication, Technical Documentation, Technical Writing, Log In, Compound Words, One Word Or Two

Of all places to search for food, why would you go to the desert?

Here's a headline I misread: "Empty stomachs drive Venezuela soldiers to desert in droves" (Yahoo).This is what Language Log refers to as a "crash blossom." Here's a good NYT column explaining the term:In their quest for concision, writers of newspaper headlines are... inveterate sweepers away of little words, and the dust they kick up can lead to some amusing ambiguities. Legendary headlines from years past (some of which verge on the mythical) include “Giant Waves Down Queen Mary’s Funnel,” “M...
Tags: Google, Headlines, Law, Yale, Grammar, Venezuela, Associated Press, Mary, McDonald, MacArthur, Sapporo Japan, Columbia Journalism Review, JAL, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, Dan Bloom

Negative Questions Are the Hardest

There’s a certain type of question, phrased in the negative, which is answered entirely differently depending on the conventions of the language you’re speaking in. Take this English language exchange for example: A: You’re not going? B: No. (I’m not going.) In English, we say no to the idea of going. Not going, therefore “no.” Chinese works differently, however: A: [You’re not going?] 你不去了? B: [Yeah. (I’m not going.)] 嗯。(我不去了。) In Chinese, we say yes to the statement itself. “Not goi...
Tags: Kids, China, Language, Grammar, Linguistics, First Language Acquisition

"'Be Best!' Not 'Be the Best,' or 'Be Your Best,' or 'Be the Best You Can Be.' Not 'Be Better' or 'Be Safe,' or even 'Don’t Be a Jerk' (which is an actual campaign launched in New York to promote safe cycling)."

"'Be Best' just so plainly doesn’t hold up to the laws of English grammar, which require that a superlative adjective following an imperative verb be preceded by the definite article 'the.' Be good – be better – be the best: that’s the rule. In the 1990s, the British military ran a TV ad campaign that ended with the slogan: 'Army soldier: be the best.' Try it without the the. 'Army soldier: be best.' It sounds like you’re translating from the Sanskrit. How was the unfortunate name conceived? Cou...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington, White House, Grammar, Army, Trump, Melania Trump, Melania, Ann Althouse, Mottos, Melania -RSB- Trump

A sentence to diagram.

"The left’s increasing zeal to transform prostitution into legalized and regulated 'sex work' will have this end implicitly in mind, the libertarian (and general male) fascination with virtual-reality porn and sex robots will increase as those technologies improve — and at a certain point, without anyone formally debating the idea of a right to sex, right-thinking people will simply come to agree that some such right exists, and that it makes sense to look to some combination of changed laws, ne...
Tags: Law, Grammar, Robots, Wisconsin, Ross Douthat, Ann Althouse

The wisdom of Kanye.

A series of tweets from Kanye West, yesterday, from oldest to newest:Your conscience should allow a physical manifestation of your subconscious but right now most peoples conscious is too affected by other people’s thoughts and it creates a disconnect from you doing what you actually feel nowInstead of doing what you feel you just do what other people think you should doit's really cool to say I hate you. But it's not cool to say I love you. Love has a stigmawe are more worried about what we can...
Tags: Beyonce, Law, Love, Beck, Kanye West, West, Bob Dylan, Language, Grammar, Michael Jordan, Eminem, Bob, Grammys, Jay, Alec Baldwin, Kanye