Earlier today on Twitter, Mark Allen posted a link to this column on the Columbia Journalism Review’s website about a few points of usage.
It begins with a familiar anecdote about dictionary maker Samuel Johnson and proceeds to analyze the grammar and usage of the exchange between him and an unidentified woman.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: we’re a nation of busybodies and jobsworths, obsessively fixated with following rules to the letter, no matter how pointless, petty or impractical. “You haven’t booked me.” “But we’re booking you now,” we said.
So, in that sense at least, the EU suits us down to the ground. As luck would have it, though, a cab from another firm was sitting there, entirely available, because, in their rush to leave, the people who’d booked it had got into another cab with someone else. “We’re standing here, asking you to take us, given that you haven’t got anyone else.
If you have a long document or a document with many changes, clicking Accept hundreds of times can get tedious and time consuming. When you get to the end of the document using this method, you can feel confident that you have viewed changes, that any changes that you didn’t like have been changed so that you’re happy with them, and that everything remaining is ready to be accepted.
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he other day, after covering a political speech outside London, a group of us from various papers rang for a cab to take us back to the station as soon as possible. Also, it’s cold, and it’s raining, and we’re getting wet.” “Got to be booked officially through the system,” insisted the driver.
“Number’s on the side of the car.” So we stood there, in the cold and rain, waiting to get through to a call centre many miles away, to book a cab whose driver was sitting in front of us with nothing else to do.
ell you something that puzzles me about the Brexit campaign.And if you attended and you still have questions, or if you weren’t able to make it, feel free to leave a comment here. And, of course, a big thanks to ACES for hosting and to all those who attended. “Copyediting and Corpus Linguistics” (PDF) If you disagreed with the addition of the word for some reason, you would click Reject instead of Accept, but the rest of the steps would be the same. This will show you the first change tracked in your document. Keep clicking Next after viewing each change that is acceptable to you.The red underlined word would then turn black and lose its underline. Which brings me to the best trick I have learned for using Tracking Changes. Because you’re jumping quickly through your document, this shouldn’t take long, and because you’re using the Next button, you’re not accidentally missing any changes.But even this doesn’t hold up against the evidence: the OED lists both the “perceive an odor” and “emit an odor” senses, dating to 12, respectively.And the more specific sense of “emit an unpleasant odor” dates to 1400.