Rachael on the go

Quick writing tips and ideas, but some musings too

Out and about

Here are links to some new (and old) perspectives on writing. I like a lot of these ideas, and I disagree with some. But check out the gamut of what’s being said about modern text.

1. A twist on the ‘less’ vs ‘fewer’ debate
http://blog.inkyfool.com/2014/02/less-fewers.html?spref=tw

2. Not a link, but a recommendation for the pedants: Many a true word, by Richard Anthony Baker (Headline, 2013). This delightful book was described in the The Times (2 December 2013) as a ‘light, fantastical dance through some quiddities of the English language’. Confused? In plainer speak, this book is about the language fence on which we sit today, nitpicking about the loss of the old ways but hankering for more of the new. Or, as The Times journo more eloquently noted, the author is ‘resolutely sure-footed in his loyalty to precision and concision but resignedly wrong-footed by everyday usage’.

3. A (strong) opinion on the ‘flying thumb brigade’ who could care less about good grammar
http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/the-world-today-bad-english-bad-grammar-bad-manners/2007/09/06/1188783409820.html?page=2

4. A gripe about the future of ‘standard English’
http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/category/uncategorized/

5. For ESL writers, a lovely list of phrasal verbs (blog and podcast) with a quick definition and example of each
http://teacherluke.wordpress.com/phrasal-verb-a-day/

6. Know when to use ‘by’ and when to use ‘until’?
http://englishwithatwist.com/2014/02/18/english-grammar-pill-the-difference-between-by-and-until/

7. An article from The Guardian about pronunciation errors. I like the notion that these errors arise from spellings and can lead to new spellings.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/11/pronunciation-errors-english-language?CMP=twt_gu

8. A lovely summation of the pros and cons of jargon
http://agentsofgood.org/2013/05/jargon-the-good-and-the-bad/

9. Want to know about new words? I can imagine some words on this website becoming mainstream, but I hope others quickly fade into obscurity!
http://wordspy.com/

10. Some thoughts on writing decency
http://www.wsj.com/articles/mind-your-email-manners-1429117413

11. Be careful what you say about yourself!
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/27-words-you-should-never-use-to-describe-yourself.html

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