In the debate over whether the apostrophe should be eliminated, there may appear to be connection with real life. However, there isn’t—it can only be classified as a kind of journalistic kabuki. Not that there isn’t sense to it: More than a few understand that apostrophes serve no function and could be eliminated from writing with no ill effect.
It's not right to call her VMA performance minstrelsy
Many of the people clutching their pearls over Miley Cyrus’s gluteal gyrations at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday don’t want the America they claim to want.
The Grumpy Grammarian on how we cope with the gap between how words sound and how we write them down.
We don't need to talk about race. We need to end racial profiling.
I have a hard time joining the chorus celebrating the President’s comments on Trayvon Martin as one of his most stirring speeches. His legendary race speech in 2008 was near literary; Friday’s statement qualified more as remarks. “Personal,” yes—but this is a President who has written a best-selling autobiography and regularly prefaces his statements on all manner of issues with comments about “Michelle and I” and his daughters.Yet yesterday’s talk may have been his most significant statement on race, for reasons of symbol as much as of substance.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are so over
Quiet as it’s kept, the era of the “militant” black leader is over. Despite the fearmongering on Drudge and elsewhere, there are no black leaders calling for insurrection.
The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker"
The ludicrous debate over the word "cracker" in the Trayvon Martin trial.
The Grumpy Grammarian says: Words change their meaning, so give the vice president a break.
Figuring out a culture's worldview from its word choices isn't as easy as it seems.
Yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition
Yes, you can end a sentence in a preposition.
Black English, the most American part of our language
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's tweets, with their casual use of black English, demonstrate how assimilated he was.