- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: stomping ground; stamping ground. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- A Belated Welcome to Bryan Garner’s ‘LawProse’ Blog | Mercho Legal Services, LLC on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: statutory; *statutorial.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: stick / stuck / stuck. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: staunch; stanch. | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
- Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: | LawProse Blog on Garner’s Usage Tip of the Day: Language-Change Index.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Remote Relatives (2). Today: With “that,” “who,” and “whose.” Remote relatives (relative-pronoun construction separated from their antecedents) are most common with “which” clauses. But other relatives get their share. The relative pronoun “that” is almost as troublesome, and when used … Continue reading
Remote Relatives (1). Today: Generally. “Every relative word which is used shall instantly present its antecedent to the mind of the reader, without the least obscurity.” Hugh Blair, Lectures on Rhetoric 65 (Grenville Kleiser ed., 1911). Surprisingly few modern grammarians … Continue reading
Miscellaneous Entries. registrant /REJ-i-struhnt/ does not rhyme, in the final syllable, with “restaurant.” Yet somehow, within the influential Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., the pervasive pronunciation is /REJ-i-stront/, with a moderately strong final syllable. regulable (/REG-yuh-luh-buhl/) = able … Continue reading
remorselessly. Part A: And “unremorsefully.” These two terms are essentially equivalent. “Remorselessly” is far more common and somewhat more pejorative. Part B: Mistakenly Made *”remorsely.” Although “remorsely”* isn’t recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary or other dictionaries, some writers have … Continue reading
Language-Change Index. The third edition of Garner’s Modern American Usage reflects several new practices. Invariably inferior forms, for example, are now marked with asterisks preceding the term or phrase, a marking common in linguistics. The most interesting new feature is … Continue reading
Miscellaneous Entries. refugee; evacuee. “Refugee” (= one who flees home to seek safety) originally denoted French Huguenots who fled to England in the late 1680s to escape religious persecution. The word has another (rare) sense, denoting a fugitive on the … Continue reading
relative to. “Relative to” (= in relation to; in comparison with) is, in Eric Partridge’s words, “gobbledygook” (Usage & Abusage at 263). Though that pronouncement is a bit strong, the phrase can be easily replaced to good advantage — e.g.: … Continue reading
reiterate, -tion; iterate, -tion. It is perhaps not too literalistic to use “iterate” in the sense “to repeat,” and “reiterate” in the sense “to repeat a second time [i.e., to state a third time].” But the distinction is observed by … Continue reading
rein; reign (3). Today: “reign supreme.” As further evidence of Murphy’s Law at work, the opposite error (‘rein’ for ‘reign’) occurs as well — e.g.: o “His rein [read 'reign'] as Fort Meade’s tobacco-chewing, play-calling leader ended abruptly in September … Continue reading