Conversational Wordsmith

And now for something a little different…

A few days ago, my son introduced me to the word “philosoraptor.” It’s a neologism (a newly-coined word) that refers to a humorous, pseudo-philosophical bit of wordplay such as: “If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?” (Sorry, I don’t know the origin of this example, though it’s unfortunately very

You can’t get away from grammar

Lest anyone conclude that I have a general contempt for grammar or grammarians, let me clarify. Every language has grammar and every speaker/writer uses it.  All the time.  You can’t get away from it. Grammar is just the structure of a language, as opposed to the words.  It’s a set of patterns you learned before

My attitude on grammar (and language change)

Not being an expert on English means that I’m not an expert on the official “rules” of, say, grammar – which means that I don’t necessarily always adhere to them. In my view, clarity is what counts and the rules are only useful to the extent that they contribute to clarity. In short, being clear