Bad language

October 23, 2008

LANGUAGE LOG–I recently objected to Louis Menand’s assertion that “[P]rofessional linguists almost universally, do not believe that any naturally occurring changes in the language can be bad” (“Menand on linguistic morality“, 10/22/2008).  And I was quickly taken to task in the comments by Steve Dodson, who is the erudite and broad-minded author of the Language Hat blog. full story


Every little (bit?) helps

October 23, 2008

LANGUAGE LOG–The Tesco supermarket company defines its values by a slogan that, as my American undergraduate student Denise Wood pointed out to me yesterday, simply doesn’t seem (to her or to me) grammatical:Every little helps Denise showed it to me on the back of a till receipt, and at first I misread it as “Every little bit helps”.  full story