Category Archives: English

The Grammarphobia Blog: Snob appeal

Q: What is the origin of the word “snob”? Is it an acronym like “posh”? A: No, “snob” isn’t an acronym, and “posh” isn’t either. We wrote a post about “posh” in 2011. The origin of the adjective is… Source: … Continue reading

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Separated by a Common Language: optional commas

I was tweet-talking with Lane Greene this morning about whether Americans’ love for/Britons’ indifference to optional commas can be quantified. And so I did a little experiment. And so I’m going to tell you about it. For this I’m comparing … Continue reading

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The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

The internet and US isolationism could change the way the world talks. Source: The century of American global domination of language is over, a linguist says — Quartz

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