Archive for January, 2010

Grammar Guru: I’m lovin’ it!

Posted by Anne on January 30th, 2010

Is this ‘good’ or ‘bad’ English? Do you use it? If so, where and when and how? Do you think it’s ok if others use it? McDonalds. Ad. On my blog. I know. Sorry. But hey. I defended a traditional point of view here. Don’t miss Mike’s comment.

What could be prettier

Posted by Anne on January 29th, 2010

J.D.Salinger died yesterday. “I’m not afraid to compete. It’s just the opposite. Don’t you see that? I’m afraid I will compete – that’s what scares me. That’s why I quit the Theater Department. Just because I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about […]

MadTV’s Apple iPad

Posted by Anne on January 28th, 2010

A: Lindsay! Great job in the sales meeting! – Hey, do you have a pad I can borrow? B: Sure! Here you go! A: No, you know, the ‘other’ kind of pad. B: I can’t believe you still use maxipads. A: I know, I just… I have a narrow cervix, so it’s painful for me […]

Hard Times Come Again No More

Posted by Anne on January 27th, 2010

George Clooney’s telethon to raise money for Haiti assembled top pop, and you can donate a little money by buying the record. I did, though I don’t like pop. Many of the songs are sung with such pathos that you get the impression that everyone on Haiti is dead. So we’re walking a fine line […]

The iThing

Posted by Anne on January 27th, 2010

I broke my vow not to hang out on Twitter. Well, I had a fun conversation about the iTablet iThing Apple is unveiling today, asking what people thought it should be called. I thought iPad would work. Andy H thought they should go with iLash, or iShadow, iBrow, or iDrofoil. The iDrofoil? a waterproof version? […]

Jean-Paul Nerrier’s Globish

Posted by Anne on January 26th, 2010

This is a comment on a great post by The Tesla Coil on the Graddolization of EFL. David Graddol honored MELTA with a visit last summer. Thanks, Tony Watt for the Globish link: Only 4% of the people communicating with each other today in English are both/ all native speakers. Jean-Paul Nerrier wants to “make it […]

You can subscribe to Grammar Guru

Posted by Anne on January 25th, 2010

I tend to put random musings into this blog. If, dear reader, you want to subscribe just to the features you like, you can! Some of you might only like Grammar Guru, or songs, or the podcast, or the short films, or teaching. Subscribe selectively by going to these pages: Grammar Guru: Question podcast: […]