Leave downtown to the bums, copsI was surprised by the article in Sunday’s October 21 Gazette, “Police boost downtown patrols,” at an additional cost for 2018 of 20,000 and for 2019, 130,000. So the mayor can provide police protection but only downtown rates the extra money required?Let me get this straight, we can afford to install “diet” bike lanes, which restricts traffic flow, causes congestion and creates dangerous situations for bikes and cars, and we can provide additional police protection for downtown businesses, even though the city is discouraging downtown shopping.On Sept. 22, I received a call from a friend’s family. They had not been able to contact him for a couple of days, and would I check on him. Bill was elderly and enjoyed his solitude. I went to check on him, determined his TV was on, his car was there but no answer. All doors were locked; I could not get in. I called Colorado Springs police and asked for help getting in the … [Read more...] about LETTERS: Leave downton to the bums, cops; ridiculous grammar concerns
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U.S. Donald Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly announced a new offensive, declaring war on grammar abuses within his department. Memos obtained by CNN are reported to have put staffers on notice that the improper use of commas will not be tolerated within the secretary of state's department. The latest email, which CNN says was sent out in early September, gives "updated guidance…regarding correct use of commas in paper for Department principals" as per The Chicago Manual of Style. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, on June 7. Pompeo has reportedly launched a crackdown on the improper use of commas within his department. Mark Wilson/Getty Recommended Slideshows 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 80 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life And Average Salary 76 75 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History "The Secretary … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Secretary of State is Starting a War—Against Commas
When I started working at a new company, I was disappointed to learn that an “enterprise” account had absolutely nothing to do with spaceships. Instead, enterprise accounts are the big fish your team reels in so that your proverbial corporate boat stays afloat. I hate to critique Captain Kirk, but when he utters “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” he's technically breaking a grammar rule. Or is he? I know William Shatner (who famously played Captain James T. Kirk) is Canadian; does that hamper his grasp on correct English grammar? “To boldly go” is an example of a split infinitive. Up until now, the only thing I was worried about splitting was my pants. So, what's an infinitive, anyway? An infinitive is almost always a two-word verb phrase with the word “to” in front of the verb. Examples of infinitives include to sneeze, to cry, to dance and to fail. A split infinitive occurs when you put an adverb between “to” and … [Read more...] about Grammar Guy: To infinitives and beyond
“It seems like people use who and that interchangeably. When I hear people say, ‘You know Bill ... he's the guy that lives down the street,' it makes my ears cry. What's the rule on who vs. that?” — Aaron, Noblesville, Indiana I could spend a whole month on who. Who or whom. Who's vs. whose. Who's on first? Who let the dogs out? Who's the boss? From my best research, I've concluded who is either the name of a band who likes to sing about pinball or the guy who plays first base. Just kidding. As a general rule, use who when you're referring to a person and that when you're referring to an object. Case closed. I wish it were that easy. However, according to style guides, including Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage, who and that can indeed be used interchangeably. Additionally, authors, including Shakespeare and Chaucer, and books such as the King James Bible often utilized that to refer to a person. I'm not about to argue with … [Read more...] about Grammar Guy: Who do you think you are?
Last Updated Mar 5, 2010 2:03 PM EST Today is National Grammar Day. Why should you care about grammar, which seems like such a dusty, musty trifle in this age of texting? As a practical matter, employers care a lot. Grammar could also be standing in your teenager's way of getting into his or her dream school. Grammar accounts for two-thirds of the writing score on the SAT test and more than half on the English ACT score. If you could use a grammar refresher, here are five painless resources to check out on National Grammar Day: Twitter. If you can only handle grammar lessons in small (140-character) doses, check out top grammarians on Twitter: @APstylebook, and @FakeAPStylebook. The fake version is vastly more popular than the real thing. Grammarlogues: This software relies on (or is it upon?) the writings of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to teach more than 200 grammar rules. The grammarians pull text excerpts from novels, poems, magazines and newspaper articles. Grammar Girl. … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Celebrate National Grammar Day