Tag Archives: Syn-tax

Seriously, When Did ‘Call In Sick’ Turn Into ‘Call Out Sick’?

About ten years ago the hardwording staff proposed a federal government Syn Tax, “a fine for misuse of the English language. At a quarter a pop, that could wipe out the deficit in no time.” Some six years later, we … Continue reading

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Seriously, When Did ‘Based On’ Turn Into ‘Based Off Of’?

From our Syn Tax on Bad Grammar desk Well the hardworking staff was blithely perusing the relentless Brian Stelter’s CNN Reliable Sources newsletter let night when we came across this: Really? Based off of? The hardwincing staff has endured this example of American … Continue reading

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Kanye West Hits The Grammar-Impaired Trifecta

Okay – before you accuse me of playing the grammar card, props where props are due: Kanye (Wild) West at least tried to make grammatical distinctions when he said this to Brooklyn Bodega (via the Boston Globe Names namers): I … Continue reading

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