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Category Archives: I Usta be an Editor Y’Know

HOW TO SAY “HEY YOU!” IN JAPANESE

ENGLISH HAS “you” and, though rarely used these days, “thee.” German has Sie and du. French has vous and tu. I’ve talked about these in “Doest Thou Know?” with a … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE BEST OF LINES

“I WISH I HAD said that,” Oscar Wilde remarked. “You will, Oscar, you will,” responded James McNeill Whistler. I’ve often shared Oscar Wilde’s wish, though the fear of stumbling into … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

“THAT GOES THERE?” SAID THE GUARD EMPHATICALLY

FRANK BRUNI is a writer I enjoy. And, in this opening sentence, I’ve purposely left out any “who,” “that” or whatever after the word “writer.” I’m confident this omission confuses … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 6 Comments

ON HEARING ONESELF, AND OTHERS

AS A KID in Cleveland, I worked occasionally at WBOE, a pioneer public radio station operated by that city’s Board of Education. I suspect I was identified early on as … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

ARISTOPHANES—ANCIENT GREECE’S S.N.L.

SATIRE WAS AS important to ancient Greeks as it is to those of us living through today’s muddle. Think of the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes as that era’s combination of … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

A PHONY BARD

THIS IS A TALE of deception. It involves a collector of English artifacts; his talented, if unscrupulous, son; the greatest of playwrights, William Shakespeare; and a passel of people capable … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

RIDING ON THE RED? THE GREEN? JUST THE RODS?

HERE’S HOW TO know when you’re a hep-ghee (sophisticated individual) and counter the lamentable trend of 140-character missives, all through a study of English language usage from the 1950 Dictionary … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment