NPR lets us know that the Oxford Comma is safe for now. The recent dust-up around the comma was attributed to, ironically, Oxford’s PR Dept’s style manual – not the kind of PR they were looking for I bet. The Oxford University Press still embraces the Oxford comma. Please reduce the Defcon readiness level from 1 to 5.
Carolyn Kellog, suggests the, introduction, of the, Shatner comma.
Speaking of Oxford University, Oxford Today looks at PG Wodehouse and the English Language
Huffington Post list their coolest book covers of 2011 so far. These are not even close, says me. I’ll put adding my two cents on the to-do list.
Researcher asks to disinter Shakespeare’s body to determine if he smoked pot. #StonedShakespeare ensues (e.g., Titus Hydroponicus).
In all the excitement about the Oxford comma, I forgot to get on my high horse about this misguided CNN editorial attacking Go the F*** to Sleep. The article says that the book is “not the least bit funny, when one considers how many neglected children fall asleep each night praying for a parent who’d care enough to hold them, nurture them and read to them.” Sure. And the Three Stooges are not funny when one considers the lifelong hardships that can accompany repeated head trauma. Here’s the truly over the top part:
Nobody is suggesting that there’s a connection between Adam Mansbach’s book and child abuse or child neglect.
Sounds like you just did exactly that. And then, to my utter bafflement:
“Imagine if this were written about Jews, blacks, Muslims or Latinos,” says Dr. David Arredondo.
Luckily, The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston is there to provide the necessary rant. Consider this your must read of the day.