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  1. Language Corner

    Says Who?

    January 1, 2008 09:00 AM

    Immediately to the immediate point: "According to" is a basic, uncomplicated phrase of attribution. As the revered Professor John B. Bremner of the University of Kansas put it in his dazzling Words of Words (1980), "'The city is going broke,... Continue reading

  2. Language Corner

    ‘Twas Ever Thus

    November 1, 2007 09:00 AM

    A caveat: “Thusly” can be used in a humorous context, but if you do it, put up a sign. Otherwise, chances are nobody will get it; they'll wonder why you didn't use "thus." Some recent examples: 1. “President... Continue reading

  3. Language Corner

    Adverb Placement

    July 4, 2007 12:00 PM

    Two schools of thought seem to exist on the placement of adverbs with compound verbs. One is easy: just stick it in front of the verb and be done with it. "He always has been a little slow," say, or... Continue reading

  4. Language Corner

    Adverb Placement

    July 4, 2007 12:00 PM

    Two schools of thought seem to exist on the placement of adverbs with compound verbs. One is easy: just stick it in front of the verb and be done with it. "He always has been a little slow," say, or... Continue reading

  5. Language Corner

    Adviser/Advisor; Historic/Historical

    July 1, 2007 09:10 AM

    Some distinctions between similar words need to be maintained because they're useful; examples abound in the archives of this font of wisdom. Here's another: the distinction between "historic" and "historical." In the phrase "Chile, Bolivia's historic enemy," the choice was... Continue reading

  6. Language Corner

    Adverse/Averse

    July 1, 2007 09:00 AM

    Big companies are adverse to publicity — and the bigger the company, the more adverse." Nope. "Adverse" means "negative" or "bad"; we wouldn't say the companies were "bad to publicity." The writer meant they were opposed to it, uneasy about... Continue reading

  7. Bio

    Evan Jenkins

    Evan Jenkins wrote the Language Corner column for CJR through the Fall of 2007.

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