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January 06, 2010

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Lori Roop

Hee....too funny! I'm glad I don't know much about it all. As they say....ignorance is bliss!

Debbie Raymond

I'm laughing right now and feel your pain. I am frustrated with another preposition problem - the lack of knowledge about how to capitalize titles - especially when there are words like to, for, with, etc. in the title - and also articles like a and the. Writing titles incorrectly is so common that when I do it right at work, it seems wrong. The explosion of writing on the internet isn't helping. Where's E.B. White when we need him?!

Kathryn

Cath--

1) "In other words, how does language change and why?" The answer is: poets. If you're in for a challenge of a read coming to us from the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Owen Barfield), you should dive into "Poetic Diction" by Barfield. Being a poet yourself I am sure you will understand. It is a truly definitive work, though not for inexperienced writers or the faint at heart... It exposes the poet's immense responsibility to society and the incredible role he/she plays in shaping language, that celestial gift.

2)On ending a sentence with a preposition: I am sure you have heard the story of Winston Churchill's response, "Madam, such pedantry I shall not up with put!"... This never ceases to make me chuckle a little, although I also try not to do too much further damage to the English language... it's been battered up enough already. And possibly even fried. ;)

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

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