Yearly Archives: 2011

Learning about agreement

There tends to be a fair bit of eye-rolling at my house when I can’t keep my mouth shut about sentence structure – particularly when I notice things in books like agreement, convoluted sentences, and typos. The most dramatic eye-rolling is reserved for my frequent comment … ‘If Luke wasn’t in that sentence, would you say “I” […]

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Avoiding euphemism

I noticed this sign last week, in the breakfast room of a small hotel: I couldn’t help but wonder what hygiene regulations might apply here. Is the hotel reception, which is right next to the breakfast room, somehow an inappropriate place to have food? Will the food either become contaminated or contaminate something else? Of course, […]

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Troublesome agreement with collective nouns

Last week, my 6-year-old son brought home a short reader from the Flying Start to Literacy series. It was an excellent book about Driver Ants, which left us both very thankful that we don’t have Driver Ants in Australia. It even included a Glossary. But the definition of ‘habitat’ got me all tied up about […]

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More on saying what you mean (and salt and fluid for heart disease)

I’ve learned something today that adds complexity to my recent post about the advice for a type of heart disease: that the treatment is ‘fluid and salt reduction’. It turns out that, in some types of heart disease, fluid reduction is exactly what’s needed because the disease is all about an excess of fluid. So […]

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Saying what you mean

Sometimes, it’s remarkably difficult to say what you mean. And the consequences can be very real. This morning I heard some advice for a particular type of heart disease: the recommended treatment is ‘fluid and salt reduction’. Logic tells me that the suggestion is to increase fluid and decrease salt, but is that actually what […]

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