As a suffix, "worthy" is on the rise. In his recent Wall Street Journal column, Ben Zimmer asks why.
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR
Baltimore Sun copy editor and all-around language guy John McIntyre did a post a while back about one of my favorite casualisms: prolly. Worth a read!
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, OBJECTS AND SUBJECTS
It seems anytime "whom" or "whomever" is positioned as the subject of one clause and the object of another, people mess it up. And by people, I mean professional writers and editors.
The latest comes from the Los Angeles Times:
"Edric Dashell Gross, whom police said is a transient known to frequent Santa Monica, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder."
In case you missed it, a recent New York Times piece has proclaimed that the period "may be dying." But if you read what the experts quoted in the story actually said, that's not quite it. Periods are out of vogue in one- or two-sentence text messages, as well as in 140-characters-or-fewer tweets. Fascinatingly, when a tweet or text does include a period, the punctuation takes on a new connotation: snark.
But that doesn't mean the period's dying. Decide for yourself. Here's the Times piece.