Sunday, February 17, 2008

weekly writing coach: global word view

A hat tip to friend-of-the-blog David Hollis, who shared his subscription to World Wide Words, a site that observes international English from a British view, with great vocabulary, usage, word history and grammar tips, including little-known or -used words. My favorite section is called Sic!, after a term that means "thus," and is used to indicate that a sentence has been reproduced exactly as written, usually to show an error. Author Michael Quinion offers this example in a recent edition:
My wife and I were puzzled by an advertisement in the Guardian Weekend magazine recently for a UK short-break holiday: “Scenic Scottish Railways by air.” We visualised low-flying helicopters.
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