The Harmless Drudge
Posted: 08 September 2007 04:14 AM   [ Ignore ]
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A couple of comments on the new newsletter.

LEXICO’GRAPHER. n.s. A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and signification of words.
—Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

The that is not the only problem from a modern prescriptivist point of view.  The comma before that makes the clause appositive suggesting that all harmless drudges busiy themselves in tracing the original ...

On a more mundane note, you/ve got the heading

Prescriptivist’s Corner: Taking Johnson To Task

for the comment on Johnson repeated for the next section.
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Posted: 08 September 2007 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Dave, on the main page—when you put the cursor over “Blog” the title “The Harmless Drudge” comes up.  On the blog page itself, if you put the cursor over “Blog” the title still says “A Way With Words”.

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Posted: 09 September 2007 06:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks, I missed that one. It’s corrected now.

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