Monthly Archives: May 2020

Rubbing in inequality

Not to dump on the New York Times again after my little who/whom grammar lesson for them but…. Really bad taste department: 4/10/20 p. A5: • top half of page: “Isolating Against the Coronavirus Gives Rise to a New Threat: … Continue reading

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Joan Salvat-Papasseit and “the good that is everything”

Joan Salvat-Papasseit (Joan is the equivalent of John) was an avant-garde Catalan poet who lived from 1894-1924 in Barcelona, which 100 years ago, in an age when horse travel and airplane travel overlapped, was becoming a hub of modern influences. … Continue reading

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“I am the enemy you killed, my friend”

“I am the enemy you killed, my friend.” That is, to me, one of the greatest lines of poetry ever. It occurs near the end of Wilfred Owen’s poem “Strange meeting,” which portrays two soldiers, on opposing sides in World … Continue reading

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The New York Times and the English Language

George Orwell, in “Politics and the English Language,”  denounced lazy, sloppy and pretentious writing and speaking as a sign of unclear thinking (photo source). I so much believe that thought, that I extend it into grammar. On the fridge I … Continue reading

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