Archive | December 2009

Article: Thousands of hyphens perish as English marches on

About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary… “People are not confident about using hyphens anymore, they’re not really sure what they are for,” said Angus Stevenson, editor of the Shorter OED, the sixth edition of which was published this week.

This is a real article, not something from the Onion – read the full text here:

Essay: When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books

“For the longest time I wondered why it took me so long to get around to reading certain books in my personal library.  Last month I hit upon the answer… I realized that what all the unread books on my shelves had in common is that they were ugly. Really ugly.”

Joe Queenan in the New York Times Book Review, December 6, 2009 – read the full article here:

Remembering Hurricane Ike

The following was sent to me by a friend from Galveston, but I think it will also resonate with anyone who has lived through any hurricane or other disaster.