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Posted: 09 December 2013 05:19 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A Guardian piece that illustrates one of the problems editors run into when creating a house style, in particular how to refer to peers.

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Posted: 09 December 2013 05:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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"Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive”

Love me some GKC.

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Posted: 09 December 2013 06:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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An excellent piece, and yes, Chesterton is always delightful reading.

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Posted: 19 December 2013 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It can get ugly. Next thing you know Chomskyites and anti-Chomskyites will both be invoking the science of linguistics to settle matters and then resorting to Chicago typewriters.

Speaking of which, by an extraordinary coincidence, I have just reread (or re-read) a G.K. Chesterton short story The Eye of Apollo in which typewriters means what we would now call typists.

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Posted: 19 December 2013 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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"Computer” went through a similar change. It original meant “a person who does computations or calculations, esp. one employed for that purpose” and only later came to refer to machines (first mechanical, then electronic).

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