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Indian English: Preponing the tiffin

India has a lot of languages—according to a 2001 census, there were 29 different languages in India that had at least a million native speakers each. The official language is Hindi—but English in India is a rich variant in its own right.

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:30+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Did you know, Etymology, Grammar, Linguistics|1 Comment

The difference between i.e. and e.g.

After raging ad-hoc, non-traditional apostrophe abuse, one of the most common mistakes an editor sees is people using i.e. and e.g. interchangeably. First things first: they are not interchangeable. Well, they may be interchangeable in some kind of surrealist anti-grammar situation, where the desired effect is to get your reader to tear out their tongue [...]

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:31+00:00 June 21st, 2015|Did you know, Grammar, Misused words|0 Comments

Australian English—where the bloody hell did it come from?

How do we explain the general homogeneity of the Australian accent (almost no variation in a country 30 times the size of Britain)? What is Australian English, anyway? (Is it more than just the accent?) This post explores these questions, and influences on Australian English—from colonial times to present day.

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:32+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Did you know, Etymology, Grammar, Linguistics|0 Comments

Don’t separate a subject from its verb

See this simple sentence: The dog bit the cat. It's built of these basic bits: The dog [subject] bit [verb] the cat [object]. You would never dream of putting a comma after the subject and before the verb: The dog, bit the cat. [No. You wouldn't do this, would you?] But when the subject is a longer noun phrase, many people (I catch myself sometimes) will want to add a comma after the subject, just it feels like there should be a pause...

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:53+00:00 March 20th, 2015|Did you know, Grammar, Punctuation|0 Comments