• The New York Times messes up proper usage and grammar more than you think;
• Lexicographers continue to worry about dying words;
• Novelist Harlan Coben has some difficult things to tell you about writing;
• The differences between essays written before and after 9/11,
• And more.
Here’s your unofficial end-of-summer, nothing-about-football edition of all the stories about writing that you missed this week. Enjoy.
The Little Things. The New York Times has a blog on grammar, usage, and style called After Deadline, and this week its contributors assembled quite the list of humbling goofs found in the paper’s pages. There are improper verb tenses, dangling modifiers, and some serious violations of the Times‘ own stylebook. It also reveals what must be one of the worst things about working at The New York Times: lots and lots of grammarians to critique your work.