Browsing Month September, 2007

Win the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction!

On the web site for our radio show A Way with Words, my co-host and I are giving away a copy of Jeff Prucher’s book, The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction. All you have to do is invent three collective nouns. Make them wow!

Two hours of Canadian vowels this weekend

Test The Nation: Watch Your Language is a two-hour linguistic and lexical contest pitting teams of Canadians against each other. It airs this weekend on CBC. Until the show airs, try out their mental gym, though be warned that an uncomfortable number of answers are disputable. Dear Hollywood: please rip off this television idea for more…

British newspaper holds on to “arse”

Even though the British newspaper the Guardian has a larger online readership in the US than it does in the UK, readers’ editor Siobhain Butterworth says that British spellings and usage are still preferred by the paper. The paper’s style guide editor says, “We are a British newspaper, US readers recognise this and seem comfortable more…

Typographical errors: the bane of the hurried man

There are few things that brace one’s humility quite so well as sending an email with a profound typographical error in it to 1800 people.