Instead of paying taxes, i’m stockpiling guns in my compound.
Archive for April 15th, 2009
Dunno if it is, but I want to believe that this comment (#82) on my “Hannah Montana” review is for real: http://tinyurl.com/d85llh
In the April 17 issue of Entertainment Weekly, in a story about “Fast and Furious,” Benjamin Svetkey writes: “Tens of millions of dollars … were literally burned up on the film’s wildly over-the-top, teeth-rattling chase sequences.”
Well, no. Not literally. Not unless the filmmakers got tens of millions of dollars in cash and set the pile of money on fire (which they didn’t; I saw the movie). Millions of dollars were literally SPENT on the chase sequences, or the chase sequences literally COST millions. But in no way were tens of millions of dollars literally BURNED UP.
Speaking of grammar and usage, there’s been a bit of a smackdown lately about William Strunk and E.B. White’s venerable “Elements of Style,” which has been required reading for college students for half a century. Geoffrey K. Pullum, head of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh (and, surprise-surprise, author of his own grammar book), writes a scathing rebuke of Strunk and White in the current issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. His article’s title? “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice.” His thesis? “[The book's] enormous influence has not improved American students’ grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.” OH SNAP!
@DawnTaylor666 If you choose option b), you will get to see @EricDSnider. @EricDSnider is just sayin’.
has some Trix up his sleeve.
is tired of being required to know who Storm Large is just because he lives in Portland.