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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Another Jab at the Passive Phantom

There’s at least one thing more amusing than people ranting and railing against passive voice:

…the fact that they can’t even identify it.

[P]eople disagree with me when I point out such things (over and over again, like a CD that has gotten stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuc- stuck), and ask rhetorically where on God’s green earth knowledge of elementary English grammar terminology disappeared to in the late 20th century. People — writing advisers, in fact — are scoring zero on identifying a grammatical construction they feel a need to warn other people not to use. I know I have already pointed this out a time or two, but really, this is an utterly insane situation.

Geoffrey K. Pullum, Language Log contributor

Click here and read the whole post "The finance world tackles the passive: 0 for 2", and follow the llinks Dr Pullum has embedded there.

And while you’re there, be sure you’re subscribed to the excellent Language Log.


2 comments to Another Jab at the Passive Phantom

  • My only grammar advice is that folk buy the Strunk and White Book, lol. Its a good book.

    I’m jumping round blogs reminding folk the blog carnival is on Friday. Posts need to be done on Thursday. Thanks.

    • Oh, boy. I hope that was a joke, or we’re going to have to have a full-scale slugfest here, complete with wet noodles and water balloons. :(

      Kidding! Seriously, though, I gave up my support for The Elements of Style a long time ago. When they’re right (which is sometimes), they’re trivial, and when they’re wrong (which is a lot of times), they’re dangerous.

      This link (if I’ve done this right) http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/index.php?s=strunk+white should lead to a search of Language Log articles containing the names of both both authors, for a better light than I could ever shed on the subject.