Putting up with Prepositions

“This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.” There’s something immediately funny about the sentence above. It sounds stuffy, pompous, maybe even absurd. And even though it is often attributed to Winston Churchill, he never actually said it. This quotation is from a 1942 story in The Strand Magazine and … Continue reading Putting up with Prepositions

Seize the They

As you may have heard, the American Dialect Society named singular "they" as their Word of the Year for 2015. And Bill Walsh, who maintains the Washington Post’s style guide, added singular "they" as an acceptable last resort after attempting to rewrite the sentence in which it appears. While this news is wonderful, you may be thinking, … Continue reading Seize the They