A recent commentary by Nan Graham struck a nerve with listeners who prize good English. But we want to dig a little deeper than a commentary. Join Nan on the next CoastLine for a lighthearted master class on dos and don'ts of our language.
Everybody has an opinion about their own language. Let us know what you admire, and what bugs you. To join the conversation:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet us @coastlinehqr
Then listen for CoastLine, Wednesday July 23rd at 2 pm.
*Note: normally we take calls on CoastLine at 910-343-1138. However, we may be fundraising that day if we haven't reached our goal, and it's not clear if we can take calls. Stay tuned!
For background reading (let it be said, not all of which we agree with) [and try ending that without a preposition]:
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- How many of these can you pronounce?
- 7 of the Best Dialect Quizzes and other topics from Slate.com's Lexicon Valley blog
- Hey, grammar nerds! Stop freaking out about 'alot.'
- Weird Al Yankovic's "Word Crimes" parody of "Blurred Lines"
'a shprakh iz a dialekt mit an armey un flot' -- "a language is a dialect with an army and a navy" [attributed to Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich, 1894-1969]