Archive for December, 2008

Words that should be banned: impact

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Oh, I’m perfectly happy for you to use the word “impact”.

If, that is, you’re writing a paper on ballistics, a police report about a car crash, or a summary of theories of how the dinosaurs were wiped out.

But use it to describe anything other than one object coming forcibly into contact with another, and I’ll dismiss you as an illiterate fool. (more…)

Possibly the most embarrassing apostrophe crime ever

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Note to the The National Literacy Trust: when you’re bewailing the poor grammar and punctuation skills of the UK population, do try and get it right. (more…)

A bad case of adjectivitis at M&S

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Let me tell you about my morning shop in M&S today.

First stop: fruit. Eschewing the delights of “juicy strawberries”, “tasty redcurrants”, “luscious blackberries”, “tangy cranberries” and “zingy granny smith apples”, I eventually plumped for some: