Erin Mckean is a lexicographer. She publishes her writings on language at the Boston Globe and on Wordnik.
Here’s a wonderful article on the use of question tags. Enjoy it.
Here are the 18 things you might be thinking but are better off … re-phrasing!
… 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and so much more. Start exploring ….
And here is the quotation:
“Market value is market value. Stop letting the financial industry call a duck a whale,” stated an e-mail message signed by Diane Walser.
For more, here’s the source.
Here’s a comparison!
By Erin McKean May 1, 2011 – Published in the Boston Globe:
Consider the slight but significant difference between these two sentences: “The word failure isn’t in the dictionary” and “The word failure isn’t in his dictionary.” With the first, the blame falls on the hapless dictionary editor (who works, of course, on what lexicographer Rosamund Moon has called the UAD — “the Unidentified Authorizing Dictionary”).
Here’s a link to the whole article. Enjoy it.
I hear you.
Just one short verb to express so much. Hear. Pronounced just like its homonym: here.
I hear you. I understand what you’re saying …
and I’m paying attention to WHAT you’re saying. It has not only reached my ears … it’s reached my … reason. I’m taking what you’re saying into consideration.
Famous people have said this at some point in their political careers when they’re forced to listen!
Others might be … a little hard of hearing and say this:
and when it comes to the latest news … or gossip:
and when we finally meet … one of us just might say :