Tag Archives: Jan Freeman

Campaign Outsider Convoluted Sentence o’ the Day™

Lede of Tuesday’s Boston Globe editorial headlined, “World Cup: Boston shows its international face.” [Can the hardworking staff take just a moment – or two minutes – to bemoan the interminable load time of the online Boston Globe? Thank you.] … Continue reading

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Not to Get Technical About It . . .

The Sunday Boston Globe piece summarizing summer movies featured this subhed: Even in the silly season you can learn a lot from what clicked, what stiffed, and what surprised I thought the expression was “get /got stiffed.” Paging Jan Freeman, paging … Continue reading

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Kind “Word”

Many thanks to Boston Globe word maven Jan Freeman, who devoted this week’s edition of “The Word” to answering my recent plea for enlightenment on the was/were usage dilemma. Jan does an excellent job of unraveling it. Ditto for her … Continue reading

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Were That It Was “Were”

I’m as clueless as the next guy about the use of “were” with the subjunctive mood (assuming the next guy isn’t Strunk & White), but these two examples from Michiko Kakutani’s review of The Battle for America 2008 by Dan … Continue reading

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