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Good words from the New York Times

After Deadline logo

I only just realised that I hadn’t added the New York Times‘ splendid After Deadline blog to my blogroll. Slapped wrists all round. The mistake has been rectified.

The latest entry tackled split infinitives (yes, you can) and The Great And Question – which so incensed me, I created a little booklet about it that some of you may have seen.

Author Philip B Corbett (middle initials are a legal requirement for American males) also addresses the question of using ‘they’ as a singular pronoun (no, you can’t).

The whole blog is done with wit, good humour and common sense. In fact it’s much better than mine, dammit.


Filed under: Good words, Grammar, Useful

Some good words from the New York Times

NYT After Deadline

Copywriting agency Polon tweeted a link to this useful blog from the New York Times, which seems to be doing something rather similar to me. So I thought I’d tell you about it, as a break from the whingeing.

Filed under: Useful

Let's start with this blog. The name's just not right, is it? It's much wider than sub-editing. It's just as often about words that are technically correct, but tonally all over the place. Oh well. Anyway, please feel free to send me your own examples of horrible copy (but please, no more erroneous apostrophes): mike[at]


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